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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 66,100 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 75,299 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg lost 900 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 112 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 66,100 -900 -12,200
CPS 75,299 +112 -13,286

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 12,400 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 89,499 for Blacksburg in December 2019. 14,200 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 75,187, Blacksburg has added 112 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 66,100 -900 75,299 112
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
November 2019 77,900 3,800 89,365 143
October 2019 74,100 -3,900 89,222 162
September 2019 78,000 -400 89,060 173
August 2019 78,400 300 88,887 155
July 2019 78,100 -100 88,732 95
June 2019 78,200 -100 88,637 52