Virginia Employment Statistics

  • 278,440 employers
  • 3,892,375 employees
  • $1,120 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 1.7% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 2.0% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Virginia Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 48,976 more businesses
  • 346,752 more employees
  • 9.8% increase in total wages
  • $10,009 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 20.7% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Virginia Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Fairfax County Virginia, 36,930
County with the Most Employees: Fairfax County Virginia, 520,635
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Goochland County Virginia, $1,960
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Lancaster County Virginia, 7.8%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Virginia, see: Virginia Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Virginia see:Virginia Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 4,263,623 employed workers
  • 126,160 unemployed workers
  • 2.9% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Virginia, see: Virginia Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 281,944 employers, up 2.1% from 276,057
  • 3,954,204 employees, up 1.1% from 3,912,363
  • $1,113 average weekly wage, up 3.7% from $1,073
  • The average weekly wage is 1.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 0.7% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Virginia, see: Virginia Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.