Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Virginia Beach 3.2% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Virginia Beach, Virginia, National

Virginia Beach, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Virginia Beach peaked in March 2010 at 65,405. There are now 37,762 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,686 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 957. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 27,643 +957 -6,187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 27,643
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 26,686
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.2% 27,289
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.1% 26,960
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 3.3% 28,298
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.3% 27,704
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.4% 29,320
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 29,801
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.4% 29,192
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 31,270
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.0% 33,554

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.