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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Blacksburg fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Blacksburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Virginia 4.9% -0.3 +2.2
Blacksburg 4.3% -0.2 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 6,534 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Blacksburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Blacksburg, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Blacksburg 3,744 -136 +908

Number of Unemployed Persons

Blacksburg, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployment Rate
Blacksburg
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.9% 4.3% 3,744
October
2020
6.9% 5.2% 4.5% 3,880
September
2020
7.8% 6.2% 5.5% 4,788
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 5.6% 4,937
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 6.8% 5,885
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 7.0% 5,992
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.1% 7,494
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.7% 3.0% 2,793

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.