The Virginia Unemployment Commission is the state department that submits the reports on VA Unemployment levels that is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By utilizing the report from the Virginia Unemployment Commission, the Bureau, a part of the federal Department of Labor in the United States of America is able to publish a comprehensive report on the levels of VA unemployment across the state.
In addition to VA unemployment levels on a statewide basis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is also able to break down VA unemployment report from the Virginia Unemployment Commission into separate reports that describe the different metropolitan areas in the state. These major metropolitan areas are:
· the Blacksburg- Christiansburg- Radford metropolitan area,
· the Charlottesville metropolitan area,
· the Danville metropolitan area,
· the Harrisonburg metropolitan area,
· the Kingsport- Bristol- Bristol, TN- VA metropolitan area,
· the Lynchburg metropolitan area,
· the Richmond metropolitan area,
· the Roanoke metropolitan area,
· the Virginia Beach- Norfolk- Newport News, VA- NC metropolitan area,
· the Washington- Arlington- Alexandria, DC- VA- MD- WV metropolitan area,
· and the Winchester, VA- WV metropolitan area.
In addition, the Virginia Unemployment Commission also supplies information about statewide VA unemployment conditions. By looking at the VA unemployment reports for the six month period between March 2010 and August 2010, it can be seen that the unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to a flat seven percent. However, this was accompanied by a loss of 11.3 thousand individuals in the civilian labor force, while the number of employed individuals only rose by 6.1 thousand jobs.