Overall unemployment rate moved down to 2.9% with the biggest shift in Construction, Mining, which gained 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Roanoke, VA market rose by 585 jobs in July and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 2.9%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 5 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Roanoke, VA unemployment rate is 88 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 100 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in July versus prior month by 6.3% 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 July 2022

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

  • Transportation & Utilities: 31,900; -100
  • Education & Healthcare: 28,200; -100
  • Business Services: 21,800; no change
  • Government: 21,600; -300
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 15,800; +100
  • Manufacturing: 15,500; +100
  • Construction, Mining: 9,600; +300
  • Financial Services: 7,200; -100
  • Other Jobs: 6,600; no change
  • IT & Development: 1,200; no change
Roanoke, VA Unemployment by Industry July 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through July 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on September 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.