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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 75,600 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 83,253 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg lost 900 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 218 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 75,600 -900 -2,700
CPS 83,253 +218 -6,116

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 August 2019 at 79,300. Since then 3,700 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 67,600 in April 2020, Blacksburg has gained 8,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 89,499 for Blacksburg in December 2019. 6,246 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 75,187, Blacksburg has added 8,066 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 75,600 -900 83,253 218
January 2021 76,500 3,100 83,035 694
December 2020 73,400 -1,300 82,341 -1,112
November 2020 74,700 600 83,453 321
October 2020 74,100 200 83,132 88
September 2020 73,900 200 83,044 -149
August 2020 73,700 900 83,193 2,462
July 2020 72,800 1,500 80,731 1,364
June 2020 71,300 1,500 79,367 4,060
May 2020 69,800 2,200 75,307 120
April 2020 67,600 -10,100 75,187 -12,153
March 2020 77,700 -600 87,340 -2,029