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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in January 2010 at 8.1% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Roanoke 3.8% +0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 6,621 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 272. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 6,093 +272 +132

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.8%
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 6,093
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
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.1% 6,452
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.2% 6,591
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.2% 6,588
August
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.1% 6,404
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 3.9% 6,210
June
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.8% 6,034

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.