Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 3.0%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Virginia 3.0% -0.1 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia peaked in February 2010 at 307,516. There are now 177,400 fewer people unemployed in the state. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 130,116 -3,209 -27,751

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Virginia from 1990 to August 2018

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 3.0% 130,116
July 2018 3.9% 3.1% 133,325
June 2018 4.0% 3.2% 137,704
May 2018 3.8% 3.2% 140,036
April 2018 3.9% 3.3% 143,958
March 2018 4.1% 3.4% 146,994
February 2018 4.1% 3.5% 149,724
January 2018 4.1% 3.6% 153,959
December 2017 4.1% 3.6% 156,280
November 2017 4.1% 3.6% 156,151
October 2017 4.1% 3.6% 156,117