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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 77,000 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 87,603 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg lost 600 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 519 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 77,000 -600 0
CPS 87,603 -519 +1,331

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 77,900. Since then 900 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 75,900 in January 2016, Blacksburg has gained 1,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 88,787 for Blacksburg in December 2018. 1,184 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 77,000 -600 87,603 -519
January 2019 77,600 900 88,122 -665
December 2018 76,700 -200 88,787 82
November 2018 76,900 500 88,705 543
October 2018 76,400 -1,100 88,162 552
September 2018 77,500 -200 87,610 -326
August 2018 77,700 100 87,936 307
July 2018 77,600 100 87,629 245
June 2018 77,500 -400 87,384 180
May 2018 77,900 0 87,204 544
April 2018 77,900 300 86,660 239
March 2018 77,600 600 86,421 149