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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Virginia 3.5% -0.1 -0.5
Blacksburg 3.2% -0.3 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 March 2010 at 8,152. There are now 5,269 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,883 -328 -969

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 2,883
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 3,211
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 3,495
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.1% 3,820
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.0% 3,702
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 4.0% 3,768
August
2017
4.4% 3.7% 4.0% 3,697
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.9% 3,637
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.1% 3,762
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.1% 3,774
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 3,943

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.