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Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Roanoke rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Roanoke peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Roanoke unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Virginia 2.8% +0.1 -0.5
Roanoke 2.9% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 17,216. There are now 12,751 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,241 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 224. Roanoke employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Roanoke, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Roanoke 4,465 +149 -525

Number of Unemployed Persons

Roanoke, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployment Rate
Roanoke
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 4,465
October
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 4,316
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.8% 4,257
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.8% 4,296
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.8% 4,241
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 4,275
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,297
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,267
March
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.8% 4,346
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 4,581
January
2022
4.0% 3.3% 3.2% 4,836

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.