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Roanoke, Virginia Job Growth

There were 162,800 jobs in Roanoke, Virginia in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 153,825 employed persons for the month. Roanoke added 200 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 496 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Roanoke job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 162,800 +200 +1,600
CPS 153,825 +496 +1,965

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 1,900 jobs have been lost in Roanoke according to the employer survey. From a trough of 153,400 in February 2010, Roanoke has gained 9,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 154,652 for Roanoke in November 2018. 827 jobs have been lost in Roanoke since then according to the household survey. From a January 2019 low of 153,329, Roanoke has added 496 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Roanoke, Virginia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 162,800 200 153,825 496
January 2019 162,600 1,500 153,329 -1,234
December 2018 161,100 -100 154,563 -89
November 2018 161,200 -200 154,652 45
October 2018 161,400 -500 154,607 965
September 2018 161,900 400 153,642 953
August 2018 161,500 -200 152,689 -949
July 2018 161,700 0 153,638 192
June 2018 161,700 200 153,446 10
May 2018 161,500 0 153,436 597
April 2018 161,500 400 152,839 594
March 2018 161,100 -100 152,245 385