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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Virginia 3.0% 0.0 -1.3
Roanoke 2.8% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Roanoke, Virginia, National

Roanoke, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 17,216. There are now 12,950 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 4,266 -80 -1,995

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,266
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,346
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 4,581
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 3.2% 4,836
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 5,007
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 3.3% 4,990
October
2021
4.6% 3.4% 3.3% 5,040
September
2021
4.7% 3.4% 3.4% 5,246
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 3.6% 5,500
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 3.8% 5,751
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.9% 5,956

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.