Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Virginia 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Virginia Beach 3.3% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 March 2010 at 65,405. There are now 37,263 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,686 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,456. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 28,142 +961 -1,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.3% 28,142
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.2% 27,181
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.2% 27,201
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.2% 27,613
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.2% 27,590
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.1% 26,686
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.2% 27,289
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.1% 26,960
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.3% 28,298
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 27,704
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.4% 29,320

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.