Department of Numbers

Virginia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Virginia fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Virginia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Virginia, National

Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 181,356 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 120,744 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,416. Virginia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia 126,160 -1,767 +558

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 2.9% 126,160
June 2019 3.7% 2.9% 127,927
May 2019 3.6% 3.0% 128,992
April 2019 3.6% 2.9% 127,256
March 2019 3.8% 2.9% 126,647
February 2019 3.8% 2.9% 124,587
January 2019 4.0% 2.8% 122,491
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