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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 75,100 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 83,408 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg added 1,300 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 276 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 75,100 +1,300 -2,800
CPS 83,408 +276 -5,957

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 February 2019 at 78,500. Since then 3,400 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 66,100 in May 2020, Blacksburg has gained 9,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 89,499 for Blacksburg in December 2019. 6,091 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 75,187, Blacksburg has added 8,221 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 75,100 1,300 83,408 276
October 2020 73,800 300 83,132 88
September 2020 73,500 500 83,044 -149
August 2020 73,000 1,300 83,193 2,462
July 2020 71,700 2,000 80,731 1,364
June 2020 69,700 3,600 79,367 4,060
May 2020 66,100 -900 75,307 120
April 2020 67,000 -10,400 75,187 -12,153
March 2020 77,400 -700 87,340 -2,029
February 2020 78,100 -300 89,369 528
January 2020 78,400 200 88,841 -658
December 2019 78,200 300 89,499 134