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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Virginia 2.7% -0.1 -1.1
Blacksburg 2.6% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 10,829. There are now 8,398 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,293 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 138. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,431 +20 -561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,431
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2,411
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.6% 2,373
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2,293
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.5% 2,304
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 2.6% 2,383
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 2.7% 2,504
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 2.8% 2,587
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 2.8% 2,579
October
2021
4.6% 3.4% 2.8% 2,602
September
2021
4.7% 3.4% 2.9% 2,708

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.