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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower 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 3.5% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Virginia 3.9% -0.1 -0.1
Roanoke 3.7% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 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 February 2010 at 12,714. There are now 6,894 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,552 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 268. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 5,820 -322 -230

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.8%
February
2017
4.7% 3.9% 3.7% 5,820
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.8% 6,142
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.0% 6,458
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.2% 6,733
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.2% 6,727
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.0% 6,336
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.8% 5,998
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.7% 5,829
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.6% 5,639
May
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 5,552
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.7% 5,782

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.