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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 160,900 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in April 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 152,795 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 400 jobs in April 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 550 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 160,900 +400 +800
CPS 152,795 +550 +1,684

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Roanoke, Virginia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Roanoke 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 Roanoke, Virginia

CES employment for Roanoke peaked in June 2001 at 164,700. Since then 3,800 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 153,400 in February 2010, Roanoke has gained 7,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in April 2018 for Roanoke is at a new high of 152,795.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2018

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2018 160,900 400 152,795 550
March 2018 160,500 300 152,245 385
February 2018 160,200 600 151,860 1,380
January 2018 159,600 600 150,480 199
December 2017 159,000 -600 150,281 -337
November 2017 159,600 -200 150,618 -490
October 2017 159,800 -300 151,108 -171
September 2017 160,100 200 151,279 212
August 2017 159,900 -100 151,067 133
July 2017 160,000 0 150,934 89
June 2017 160,000 -200 150,845 -63
May 2017 160,200 100 150,908 -203