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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 2.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Virginia 9.0% -2.2 +6.2
Blacksburg 9.4% -2.6 +6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,501 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 7,777 -2,501 +5,077

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.4%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.4% 7,777
April
2020
14.7% 11.2% 12.0% 10,278
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 4.0% 3,678
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 3.0% 2,790
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 3.0% 2,793
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.2% 2,951
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.1% 2,836
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 3.0% 2,732
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.9% 2,651
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 2,608

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.