Virginia’s unemployment rate takes a slight increase

Commonwealth News

Governor Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point in May to 3.0 percent, which equals the rate from a year ago.

In May, the number of unemployed increased to 4,368,510. Household employment increased by 4,069 to set a new high of 4,239,506.

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was unchanged at 3.6 percent.

Virginia has the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states. Virginia has the fourth best rate among the states east of the Mississippi along with Massachusetts. Virginia is ranked sixth in the nation for the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate along with Massachusetts and Nebraska.  

For a greater statistical breakdown visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website at

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