Department of Numbers

Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 164,000 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 153,419 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 600 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,553 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 164,000 +600 +1,200
CPS 153,419 +1,553 +399

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Roanoke, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Roanoke as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Roanoke, Virginia

CES employment for Roanoke peaked in June 2001 at 164,700. Since then 700 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 153,400 in February 2010, Roanoke has gained 10,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in December 2016 for Roanoke is at a new high of 153,419.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 164,000 600 153,419 1,553
November 2016 163,400 -400 151,866 32
October 2016 163,800 200 151,834 399
September 2016 163,600 -200 151,435 59
August 2016 163,800 1,200 151,376 387
July 2016 162,600 1,300 150,989 344
June 2016 161,300 -1,000 150,645 -535
May 2016 162,300 -1,000 151,180 -603
April 2016 163,300 900 151,783 -299
March 2016 162,400 -700 152,082 -401
February 2016 163,100 -200 152,483 -244
January 2016 163,300 500 152,727 -293