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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Virginia 5.2% -0.1 +2.7
Blacksburg 4.2% 0.0 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 10,278. There are now 6,612 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 3,666 -17 +876

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.2% 3,666
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.2% 3,683
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.3% 3,672
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 4.3% 3,733
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 4.5% 3,880
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 5.5% 4,788
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 5.6% 4,937
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 6.8% 5,885
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.0% 5,992
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 9.1% 7,494
April
2020
14.8% 11.3% 12.0% 10,278

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.