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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg rose 1.0 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in January 2010 at 9.0% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Virginia 3.3% +0.7 +0.4
Blacksburg 4.0% +1.0 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 February 2010 at 7,936. There are now 4,302 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,607 in July 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,027. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 3,634 +844 +830

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 10.6%
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 4.0% 3,634
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
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 2,607
June
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 2,644
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 2,700

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.