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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2015 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in February 2010 at 8.1% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Virginia 4.8% -0.1 -0.3
Roanoke 4.7% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2015 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Roanoke, Virginia, National

Roanoke, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Roanoke peaked in February 2010 at 12,771. There are now 5,344 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,418 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 7,427 -397 -1,080

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
August
2015
5.1%
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 4.7% 7,427
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 4.9% 7,824
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 4.9% 7,937
April
2015
5.4% 4.8% 4.8% 7,755
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 4.8% 7,712
February
2015
5.5% 4.7% 4.7% 7,529
January
2015
5.7% 4.7% 4.6% 7,418
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 4.7% 7,598
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 4.8% 7,785
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 4.9% 7,970
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.1% 8,213

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.