Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Virginia 4.0% -0.2 -3.0
Virginia Beach 4.6% -0.2 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 April 2020 at 109,046. There are now 70,935 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 August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 38,111 -1,212 -31,822

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 4.6% 38,111
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 4.8% 39,323
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 4.9% 40,284
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 4.9% 40,372
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 5.0% 41,194
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.8% 48,086
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.9% 49,185
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 6.1% 50,608
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 6.9% 57,535
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 6.5% 54,604
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 6.9% 57,845

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.