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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2014 to 5.6%. 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 December 2009 at 8.1% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Virginia 5.5% 0.0 0.0
Roanoke 5.6% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 January 2010 at 12,572. There are now 3,779 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,145 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 648. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 8,793 -33 -208

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 5.3%
September
2014
5.9% 5.5% 5.6% 8,793
August
2014
6.1% 5.5% 5.6% 8,826
July
2014
6.2% 5.3% 5.4% 8,549
June
2014
6.1% 5.3% 5.4% 8,611
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.3% 8,561
April
2014
6.3% 4.9% 5.2% 8,265
March
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.2% 8,293
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.1% 8,145
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.2% 8,256
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.3% 8,410
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.4% 8,599
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.6% 8,801

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.