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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 158,800 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 149,165 employed persons for the month. Roanoke lost 400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 82 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 158,800 -400 +2,300
CPS 149,165 +82 +2,761

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 145,300 in May 2020, Roanoke has gained 13,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 156,694 for Roanoke in February 2020. 7,529 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 138,981, Roanoke has added 10,184 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 158,800 -400 149,165 82
March 2022 159,200 0 149,083 463
February 2022 159,200 300 148,620 511
January 2022 158,900 -500 148,109 547
December 2021 159,400 800 147,562 -8
November 2021 158,600 800 147,570 118
October 2021 157,800 100 147,452 349
September 2021 157,700 -700 147,103 393
August 2021 158,400 500 146,710 297
July 2021 157,900 700 146,413 138
June 2021 157,200 200 146,275 -34
May 2021 157,000 500 146,309 -95