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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in March 2010 at 9.2% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Blacksburg 3.2% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 8,132. There are now 5,261 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,693 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 178. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,871 +85 -629

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 2,871
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 3.1% 2,786
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.0% 2,727
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.0% 2,693
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 2,929
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 2,777
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 2,951
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.2% 2,898
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 2,877
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.6% 3,244
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 3,425

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.