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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 11.0% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Virginia 4.2% -0.1 -3.7
Roanoke 3.9% -0.1 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 17,301. There are now 11,341 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 5,960 -133 -5,609

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 3.9% 5,960
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 4.0% 6,093
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 4.0% 6,102
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.1% 6,226
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.9% 7,467
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.0% 7,611
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.1% 7,800
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 7,992
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 5.4% 8,303
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 5.7% 8,711
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 6.0% 9,294

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.