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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 1.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Virginia 9.0% -2.2 +6.2
Roanoke 9.5% -1.4 +6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 16,889. There are now 2,417 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 14,472 -2,417 +10,092

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.4%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 9.5% 14,472
April
2020
14.7% 11.2% 10.9% 16,889
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.5% 5,506
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.7% 4,372
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.8% 4,419
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 4,394
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 4,399
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.8% 4,398
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 4,392
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 4,380

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.