Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2021 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Virginia 3.8% -0.2 -2.8

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in April 2020 at 495,710. There are now 335,924 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 159,786 -8,606 -122,428

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to September 2021

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 3.8% 159,786
August 2021 5.2% 4.0% 168,392
July 2021 5.4% 4.2% 176,193
June 2021 5.9% 4.3% 183,808
May 2021 5.8% 4.5% 189,247
April 2021 6.1% 4.7% 197,328
March 2021 6.0% 5.1% 214,435
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 219,727
January 2021 6.3% 5.3% 227,214
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 236,204
November 2020 6.7% 5.8% 248,218
October 2020 6.9% 6.1% 262,900