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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.1%. 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 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 4.2% +0.1 -0.6
Roanoke 4.1% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 6,338 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 6,433 -194 -1,165

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.1% 6,433
November
2015
5.0% 4.1% 4.2% 6,627
October
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.3% 6,802
September
2015
5.1% 4.3% 4.2% 6,674
August
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.3% 6,830
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 4.7% 7,396
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

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.