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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Virginia 3.7% +0.1 -0.4
Blacksburg 4.1% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Blacksburg, Virginia, National

Blacksburg, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Blacksburg peaked in March 2010 at 8,152. There are now 4,327 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,637 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 188. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 3,825 +123 -270

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.1% 3,825
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.0% 3,702
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 4.0% 3,768
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.0% 3,697
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.9% 3,637
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.1% 3,762
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.1% 3,774
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 3,943
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 4.5% 4,155
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 4.2% 3,852
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 5.0% 4,584

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.