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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.8%. 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 January 2010 at 8.1% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in December 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Virginia 2.9% +0.1 -0.3
Roanoke 2.8% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 12,734. There are now 8,235 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,311 in January 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 188. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 4,499 +188 -464

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.8% 4,499
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.7% 4,311
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.7% 4,341
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 4,569
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 4,557
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 4,364
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.8% 4,436
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.8% 4,447
June
2018
4.0% 3.0% 3.1% 4,903
May
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.0% 4,766
April
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.2% 5,071

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.