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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 156,500 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 144,836 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 314 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 156,500 +400 -7,300
CPS 144,836 +314 -10,266

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 8,200 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 145,000 in May 2020, Roanoke has gained 11,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 155,102 for Roanoke in February 2020. 10,266 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 137,673, Roanoke has added 7,163 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 156,500 400 144,836 314
January 2021 156,100 500 144,522 -1,329
December 2020 155,600 -200 145,851 189
November 2020 155,800 900 145,662 1,672
October 2020 154,900 -600 143,990 353
September 2020 155,500 1,200 143,637 -1,654
August 2020 154,300 2,200 145,291 2,939
July 2020 152,100 2,900 142,352 3,744
June 2020 149,200 4,200 138,608 468
May 2020 145,000 -300 138,140 467
April 2020 145,300 -17,400 137,673 -15,547
March 2020 162,700 -1,100 153,220 -1,882