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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Job Growth

There were 76,300 jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 84,611 employed persons for the month. Blacksburg added 100 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 375 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Blacksburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 76,300 +100 +3,500
CPS 84,611 +375 +1,324

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

CPS employment reached a maximum of 89,896 for Blacksburg in November 2019. 5,285 jobs have been lost in Blacksburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 78,349, Blacksburg has added 6,262 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Blacksburg, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 76,300 100 84,611 375
June 2021 76,200 200 84,236 180
May 2021 76,000 100 84,056 -96
April 2021 75,900 100 84,152 -39
March 2021 75,800 700 84,191 17
February 2021 75,100 -1,400 84,174 -138
January 2021 76,500 3,100 84,312 2,818
December 2020 73,400 -1,300 81,494 -2,312
November 2020 74,700 600 83,806 406
October 2020 74,100 200 83,400 710
September 2020 73,900 200 82,690 -1,969
August 2020 73,700 900 84,659 1,372