Governor Youngkin Announces Employment Increase in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. – More than 18,000 Virginians got jobs in May, a promising increase according to the governor’s office.

On Friday, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that employment had risen to more than 4.2 million workers in May 2022, an increase of more than 18,000 statewide.

And after the pandemic, the governor said he was relieved to see this data steadily increasing.

“I am heartened, after one of the worst job recoveries of the pandemic in the country, nearly 80,000 more Virginians are working today than when I took office,” Youngkin said. “Virginia is moving in the right direction. We are focused on getting Virginians back to work and expanding opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Other officials, like Secretary of Commerce and Commerce Caren Merrick, have similar thoughts.

“Since the peak of pandemic unemployment in April 2020, the number of unemployed residents has declined by more than 385,500,” Commerce and Commerce Secretary Caren Merrick said. “It definitely shows that Virginians are getting back to work and the state’s economy is improving.”

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Compared to a year ago, nine of the top 11 industries saw employment increases while only two saw employment declines, according to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Commonwealth has declared that leisure and hospitality, education and health services, government, professional and business services, commerce, transport and public services, miscellaneous services, information, manufacturing and mining and logging saw their jobs increase (+130,200 jobs), while finance and construction saw job declines (-5,200 jobs).

For more details on employment rates, unemployment insurance, the labor market, and more, visit the Virginia Employment Commission website.

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