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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in December 2009 at 8.1% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Virginia 4.8% 0.0 -0.6
Roanoke 5.0% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 January 2010 at 12,572. There are now 4,693 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 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 7,879 -307 -531

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 4.8%
March
2015
5.5% 4.8%
February
2015
5.5% 4.7%
January
2015
5.7% 4.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.8% 5.0% 7,879
November
2014
5.8% 4.8% 5.2% 8,186
October
2014
5.7% 4.9% 5.5% 8,596
September
2014
5.9% 5.0% 5.6% 8,783
August
2014
6.1% 5.0% 5.6% 8,826
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 5.4% 8,549
June
2014
6.1% 5.2% 5.4% 8,611
May
2014
6.3% 5.2% 5.3% 8,561

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.