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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 163,400 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 154,578 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 200 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 936 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 163,400 +200 +3,600
CPS 154,578 +936 +3,470

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 1,300 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 153,400 in February 2010, Roanoke has gained 10,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in October 2018 for Roanoke is at a new high of 154,578.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 163,400 200 154,578 936
September 2018 163,200 1,300 153,642 953
August 2018 161,900 300 152,689 -949
July 2018 161,600 -100 153,638 192
June 2018 161,700 400 153,446 10
May 2018 161,300 0 153,436 597
April 2018 161,300 800 152,839 594
March 2018 160,500 300 152,245 385
February 2018 160,200 600 151,860 1,380
January 2018 159,600 600 150,480 199
December 2017 159,000 -600 150,281 -337
November 2017 159,600 -200 150,618 -490