Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 7.5% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Virginia 2.8% 0.0 -0.5

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 307,516. There are now 184,946 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 120,744 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,826. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 122,570 +1,093 -19,685

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to January 2019

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 2.8% 122,570
December 2018 3.9% 2.8% 121,477
November 2018 3.7% 2.8% 121,113
October 2018 3.8% 2.8% 120,744
September 2018 3.7% 2.8% 121,571
August 2018 3.8% 2.8% 123,238
July 2018 3.9% 2.9% 125,602
June 2018 4.0% 3.0% 128,337
May 2018 3.8% 3.0% 131,003
April 2018 3.9% 3.1% 133,694
March 2018 4.0% 3.2% 136,497