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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 1.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Virginia 9.0% -2.2 +6.2
Virginia Beach 10.6% -1.9 +7.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 15,169 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 90,122 -15,169 +63,218

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.4%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 10.6% 90,122
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.7% 3.0% 25,557
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.9% 25,252
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.9% 25,356
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 3.0% 25,502
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.0% 25,664
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 3.0% 25,845
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 3.0% 26,083

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.