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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.7%. 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 December 2009 at 8.0% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Virginia 2.8% -0.1 0.0
Roanoke 2.7% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 12,581. There are now 8,219 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,346 in January 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 4,362 -83 -105

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.7%
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 4,362
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 4,445
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 4,480
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,487
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 4,447
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.8% 4,436
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.8% 4,375
January
2019
4.0% 2.8% 2.8% 4,346
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.8% 4,376
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 4,366
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.8% 4,363

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.