Title: 
Economist
Phone Number: 
(804) 786-8264 or (804) 786-7496
Agency Info: 
Economic Information & Analytics Division

Virginia’s September Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 2.6 Percent; The Labor Force Participation Rate Decreased to 63.6% and Employed Virginians Rose by 993

RICHMOND— Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in September at 2.6 percent, which is 0.8 percentage points below the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in September, the labor force increased by 108 to 4,346,936, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 885 to 113,220. The number of employed residents rose by 993 to 4,233,716. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which declined 0.2 percentage point to 3.5 percent.

Virginia’s July Unemployment Rate Declined 0.1 Percentage Point in July to 2.7 Percent; Labor Force Participation Rate Decreased to 63.8% and Employed Virginians Rose 5,865

RICHMOND— Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage point in July to 2.7 percent, which is 1.1 percentage points below the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in July, the labor force decreased by 1,015 to 4,354,174, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 6,880 to 116,040. The number of employed residents rose by 5,865 to 4,238,134. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which declined 0.1 percentage point to 3.5 percent.

Virginia’s May Unemployment Rate Remained Unchanged from April at 3.0 Percent; Labor Force Participation Rate Increased to 63.8% and Employed Virginians by 18,134

RICHMOND— Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in May at 3.0 percent, which is 1.1 percentage points below the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in May, the labor force increased by 17,175 to 4,347,177, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 959 to 128,841. The number of employed residents rose by 18,134 to 4,218,336. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.6 percent.

Virginia’s Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Decreased to 4.9 Percent in November

RICHMOND— Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points in November to 4.9 percent, which is 2.2 percentage points above the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in November, the labor force expanded by 16,323, or 0.4 percent, to 4,286,658, as the number of unemployed residents fell by 12,464. The number of employed residents increased by 28,787 to 4,078,503. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 6.7 percent.

Virginia’s Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Decreased to 8.0 Percent in July

RICHMOND — Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points in July to 8.0 percent, which is 5.3 percentage points above the rate from a year ago. According to household survey data in July, the labor force expanded by 7,974, or 0.2 percent, to 4,322,234, as the number of unemployed residents fell by 5,489. The number of employed residents increased by 13,463 to 3,978,099. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 10.2 percent.