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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 2.8% +0.1 -0.5
Blacksburg 2.9% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Blacksburg, Virginia, National

Blacksburg, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 10,829. There are now 8,115 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,293 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 421. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,714 +105 +135

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 2,714
October
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 2,609
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.7% 2,516
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.7% 2,498
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,429
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2,411
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.6% 2,373
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2,293
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2,304
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 2.6% 2,383
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 2.7% 2,504

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.