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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Virginia 5.2% -0.1 +2.7
Roanoke 5.1% -0.1 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 9,082 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,306 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 501. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 7,807 -162 +3,435

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.1% 7,807
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.2% 7,969
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 7,306
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 4.9% 7,434
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 5.1% 7,683
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 5.9% 9,006
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 5.9% 9,152
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 7.6% 11,736
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.9% 11,817
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 9.2% 13,984
April
2020
14.8% 11.3% 10.9% 16,889

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.