Department of Numbers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Virginia Beach fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Virginia Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Virginia 5.2% -0.1 +2.7
Virginia Beach 6.0% 0.0 +3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 105,291. There are now 55,196 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 44,401 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,694. Virginia Beach employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Virginia Beach 50,095 -82 +24,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

Virginia Beach, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployment Rate
Virginia Beach
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 6.0% 50,095
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 6.0% 50,177
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.4% 44,848
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 5.3% 44,401
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 6.0% 50,123
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 7.3% 61,027
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 7.2% 60,942
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 9.0% 77,280
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 9.2% 77,471
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 10.3% 86,933
April
2020
14.8% 11.3% 12.5% 105,291

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.