Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped last month – 2,400 Virginians were added to payrolls.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate fell 0.4-percentage point to 4.1 in April. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is steady below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

“Virginia’s unemployment rate has decreased every month since last June and is edging closer to pre-pandemic record lows,” said Gov. Northam. “More people are working, businesses are hiring, and our economy is getting even stronger as more and more Virginians receive their COVID-19 vaccines. Our Administration remains focused on ensuring there is an opportunity for every Virginia resident, in every part of our Commonwealth so we can all move forward.”

“With over 63 percent of adults in Virginia fully vaccinated, workers are growing more confident to go back to school or rejoin the workforce. Our focus moving forward will be to ensure that they have the skills, training, and support they need to thrive in the post-pandemic economy,” stated Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy.

A larger and more detailed breakdown of the industry gains and losses can be found on the Virginia Employment Commission website.

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