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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 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. From a post peak low of 3.3% in April 2022, 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Virginia 2.6% 0.0 -0.8
Virginia Beach 3.3% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 81,075 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,075 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 102. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 27,177 -267 -6,327

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 3.3% 27,177
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 3.3% 27,444
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 3.3% 27,075
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.3% 27,265
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.3% 27,482
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.3% 27,393
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

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.