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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Virginia 4.2% -0.1 -3.7
Blacksburg 3.6% -0.2 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 11,003. There are now 7,804 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 3,199 -155 -2,354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 3.6% 3,199
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.8% 3,354
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 3.9% 3,433
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.1% 3,571
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.2% 3,728
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.3% 3,818
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.5% 3,950
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 4,067
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 4.8% 4,183
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 5.0% 4,348
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 5.3% 4,612

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.