Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.2% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 600 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Roanoke, VA market declined by 1,883 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 30 bps to 3.2%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Roanoke, VA unemployment rate is 59 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 60 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 3.9% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Roanoke, VA Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.1%. Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 31,600; -300
  • Education & Healthcare: 28,600; +300
  • Government: 22,200; +600
  • Business Services: 21,500; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 15,500; -300
  • Manufacturing: 15,500; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 9,200; -200
  • Financial Services: 7,200; no change
  • Other Jobs: 6,600; no change
  • IT & Development: 1,200; no change
Roanoke, VA Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.