For Release:
November 30, 2023
Timothy Aylor
Senior Economist
Economic Information & Analytics Division
(804) 786-3976

Virginia’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released

~ Over-the-Year Employment Increases in Nearly All of Virginia’s Counties1 and in All Metropolitan Statistical Areas ~

RICHMOND— Compared to a year earlier, October 2023 unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 40 of Virginia’s 133 counties and cities, remained unchanged in 42, and increased in 51. In October, Petersburg City had the highest unemployment rate at 5.3 percent, while Arlington County had the lowest rate at 2.2 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.

Among the metro areas, Charlottesville, Northern Virginia2, and Winchester had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, while Lynchburg had the highest at 3.5 percent. The not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.0 percent, a 0.1 percentage point increase from a year earlier.

The October 2023 local unemployment rates are online here. You can also access the local unemployment rates by clicking the Area Rates link under the unemployment graph located on

The statistical reference week for the household survey this month was the week of October 8-14, 2023.

The November 2023 statewide unemployment rate and employment data for both the state and metropolitan areas are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 22, 2023. The data will be available on our website The Virginia Department of Workforce Development and Advancement plans to release the November local area unemployment rates on Thursday, January 4, 2023.

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

2 Northern Virginia is defined as the Virginia portion of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).