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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in January 2010 at 9.0% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Virginia 3.0% +0.1 0.0
Blacksburg 3.0% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 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 February 2010 at 7,959. There are now 5,240 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,637 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 82. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 2,719 +38 -103

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.0% 2,719
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 2,681
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 2,693
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 2,691
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2,678
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 2,661
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 3.0% 2,656
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 2,639
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 2,637
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 2,653
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.0% 2,694

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.