Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Virginia 4.9% -0.3 +2.2
Virginia Beach 5.4% -0.6 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 105,291. There are now 59,953 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 45,338 -4,785 +19,982

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 5.4% 45,338
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 6.0% 50,123
September
2020
7.8% 6.2% 7.3% 61,027
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 7.2% 60,942
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 9.0% 77,280
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 9.2% 77,471
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 10.3% 86,933
April
2020
14.8% 11.2% 12.5% 105,291
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.7% 31,687
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.9% 25,249
January
2020
3.5% 2.7% 3.0% 25,557

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.