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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 76,000 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 86,891 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg lost 200 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 616 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 76,000 -200 -500
CPS 86,891 -616 -297

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Blacksburg as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Blacksburg, Virginia

CES employment for Blacksburg peaked in October 2015 at 77,800. Since then 1,800 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 75,500 in October 2017, Blacksburg has gained 500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 89,724 for Blacksburg in September 2017. 2,833 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 76,000 -200 86,891 -616
January 2018 76,200 400 87,507 -1,392
December 2017 75,800 -100 88,899 -183
November 2017 75,900 400 89,082 -370
October 2017 75,500 -1,100 89,452 -272
September 2017 76,600 -400 89,724 459
August 2017 77,000 100 89,265 267
July 2017 76,900 -300 88,998 478
June 2017 77,200 500 88,520 336
May 2017 76,700 -100 88,184 232
April 2017 76,800 200 87,952 403
March 2017 76,600 100 87,549 361