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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in January 2010 at 8.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Roanoke 2.9% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 8,172 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,364 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 198. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 4,562 +198 -1,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.9% 4,562
September
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 4,364
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 4,436
July
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 4,447
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 3.1% 4,903
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 4,766
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.2% 5,071
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.3% 5,130
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 4,963
January
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 5,374
December
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.7% 5,706

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.