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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.3%. 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 April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Virginia 3.0% 0.0 -1.3
Virginia Beach 3.3% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 108,252. There are now 80,866 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 27,386 -513 -13,809

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.3% 27,386
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.4% 27,899
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 29,280
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 3.7% 30,799
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 3.9% 31,948
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 3.9% 31,850
October
2021
4.6% 3.4% 3.9% 32,152
September
2021
4.7% 3.4% 4.1% 33,504
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 4.3% 35,245
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 4.5% 37,100
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.7% 38,774

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.