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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in January 2010 at 8.1% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Virginia 3.7% -0.2 -0.8
Roanoke 3.5% -0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 12,714. There are now 7,154 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 5,560 -222 -1,735

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 3.7%
May
2016
4.7% 3.7% 3.5% 5,560
April
2016
5.0% 3.9% 3.7% 5,782
March
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.9% 6,168
February
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.8% 6,050
January
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.9% 6,249
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.0% 6,442
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.1% 6,551
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.2% 6,657
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.2% 6,675
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 4.2% 6,708
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 4.3% 6,861

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.