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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in January 2010 at 8.1% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Virginia 3.6% -0.1 -0.5
Roanoke 3.7% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 6,703 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,821 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 190. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 6,011 -47 -580

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 6,011
September
2017
4.2% 3.7% 3.7% 6,058
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 6,146
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.8% 6,078
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.8% 6,100
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.8% 6,149
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 6,081
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.6% 5,821
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.7% 5,856
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.9% 6,164
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.0% 6,377

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.