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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.1%. 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 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Virginia 4.9% -0.1 -0.7
Roanoke 5.1% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 12,613. There are now 4,430 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 8,183 -110 -1,021

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 4.9% 5.1% 8,183
January
2014
6.6% 5.0% 5.2% 8,293
December
2013
6.7% 5.2% 5.4% 8,496
November
2013
7.0% 5.3% 5.6% 8,861
October
2013
7.2% 5.4% 5.8% 9,176
September
2013
7.2% 5.5% 5.8% 9,220
August
2013
7.2% 5.6% 5.9% 9,358
July
2013
7.3% 5.7% 5.9% 9,402
June
2013
7.5% 5.7% 5.8% 9,243
May
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.6% 8,933
April
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.5% 8,682
March
2013
7.5% 5.6% 5.6% 8,810

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.