Virginia unemployment rate drops for sixteenth consecutive month; currently 3.8 percent
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in September—which is 2.8 percentage points below the rate from one year ago. The state’s unemployment continues to remain below the national rate of 4.8 percent. Virginia officials say in September, the state’s private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 69,300 jobs, and the public sector gained 3,700, totaling 73,000 new jobs. September marks the sixteenth consecutive month that Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped.