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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 156,400 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 145,766 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 900 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,776 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 156,400 +900 -6,000
CPS 145,766 +1,776 -8,918

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 8,300 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 146,600 in May 2020, Roanoke has gained 9,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 155,102 for Roanoke in February 2020. 9,336 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 137,673, Roanoke has added 8,093 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 156,400 900 145,766 1,776
October 2020 155,500 1,100 143,990 353
September 2020 154,400 900 143,637 -1,654
August 2020 153,500 1,200 145,291 2,939
July 2020 152,300 3,800 142,352 3,744
June 2020 148,500 1,900 138,608 468
May 2020 146,600 -800 138,140 467
April 2020 147,400 -14,800 137,673 -15,547
March 2020 162,200 -300 153,220 -1,882
February 2020 162,500 400 155,102 366
January 2020 162,100 300 154,736 54
December 2019 161,800 -600 154,682 -2