For Release:
May 29, 2024
Virginia Works
Economic Information & Analytics Division
(804) 786-7496

Virginia’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released

~ Over-the-Year Unemployment Rates Decreased in Most of Virginia’s Counties1 and Metropolitan Statistical Areas ~

RICHMOND— Virginia Works (the Department of Workforce Development and Advancement) announced today that, compared to a year earlier, April 2024 unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 90 of Virginia's 133 counties and cities, remained unchanged in 23, and increased in 20. In April, Arlington County had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.7 percent, while Petersburg city had the highest at 4.8 percent. The employment estimates in this release are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates.

April 2024 unemployment rates decreased in five metro areas and remained unchanged in five. Among the metro areas, Charlottesville had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.0 percent, while Lynchburg had the highest at 2.7 percent. The not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 2.3 percent, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from a year earlier and 1.2 points lower than the national rate. The April 2024 local unemployment rates are online: You can also access the local unemployment rates by visiting

The statistical reference week for the household survey this month was the week of April 7-13, 2024.

The May 2024 statewide unemployment rate and employment data for both the state and metropolitan areas are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The data will be available on our website The Virginia Department of Workforce Development and Advancement plans to release the May 2024 local area unemployment rates on Wednesday, July 03, 2024.

1 The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties, along with 38 independent cities that are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.