Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.1%. 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 February 2010 at 7.8% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Virginia 2.8% -0.1 0.0
Virginia Beach 3.1% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 65,000. There are now 38,541 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,370 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 89. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 26,459 -525 -216

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.7%
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 3.1% 26,459
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 26,984
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 27,340
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.2% 27,652
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.2% 27,457
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.2% 27,423
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.2% 27,059
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.1% 26,631
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.1% 26,517
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.1% 26,462
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.1% 26,370

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.