VA’s unemployment rate falls for the 18 month in a row

A news release from Governor Northam shows that Virginia’s unemployment rate has fallen for the 18 month in a row.

November’s unemployment rate for the state dropped to 3.4 percent which is 2.4 percentage points below the rate of a year ago.

Virginia’s seasonally adjust unemployment rate continues to be well below the national rate of 4.2 percent.

The governor pointed out in the news release that this is the lowest level in Virginia since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The governor said that these numbers are proof that Virginia continues to be a place where businesses and workers can thrive.

The news release went on to state that the private sector gained over 73,000 jobs while the public sector saw a gain of almost 9,500 jobs in November.

A more detailed breakdown of the numbers is available at the Virginia Employment Commission website at

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