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 2020 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Virginia 2.7% 0.0 -0.3

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 307,516. There are now 189,180 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 118,336 -282 -11,547

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to January 2020

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.7% 118,336
December 2019 3.5% 2.7% 118,618
November 2019 3.5% 2.7% 118,434
October 2019 3.6% 2.7% 118,459
September 2019 3.5% 2.7% 119,098
August 2019 3.7% 2.7% 120,083
July 2019 3.7% 2.7% 121,250
June 2019 3.7% 2.8% 122,587
May 2019 3.6% 2.8% 124,323
April 2019 3.6% 2.9% 126,330
March 2019 3.8% 2.9% 128,155