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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 145,500 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 135,194 employed persons for the month. Roanoke lost 16,700 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 18,026 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 145,500 -16,700 -17,500
CPS 135,194 -18,026 -18,273

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 19,200 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 155,102 for Roanoke in February 2020. 19,908 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 145,500 -16,700 135,194 -18,026
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
November 2019 162,400 800 154,684 49
October 2019 161,600 -200 154,635 116
September 2019 161,800 -1,200 154,519 213
August 2019 163,000 400 154,306 274
July 2019 162,600 200 154,032 247
June 2019 162,400 -100 153,785 187
May 2019 162,500 -500 153,598 131