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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 158,800 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 147,239 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 200 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 501 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 158,800 +200 +4,500
CPS 147,239 +501 -632

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 5,900 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 145,000 in May 2020, Roanoke has gained 13,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 156,310 for Roanoke in February 2020. 9,071 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 138,787, Roanoke has added 8,452 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 158,800 200 147,239 501
July 2021 158,600 100 146,738 342
June 2021 158,500 500 146,396 387
May 2021 158,000 500 146,009 299
April 2021 157,500 400 145,710 301
March 2021 157,100 1,000 145,409 204
February 2021 156,100 0 145,205 113
January 2021 156,100 500 145,092 0
December 2020 155,600 -200 145,092 -6
November 2020 155,800 900 145,098 -12
October 2020 154,900 -600 145,110 128
September 2020 155,500 1,200 144,982 -2,889