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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in March 2010 at 9.2% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Virginia 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Blacksburg 3.0% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 8,132. There are now 5,407 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 32. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,725 -16 -152

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 2,725
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2,741
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 2,789
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.2% 2,934
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.2% 2,873
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.1% 2,786
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 2,727
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.0% 2,693
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.2% 2,929
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.1% 2,777
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 2,951

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.