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Local Area Employment Statistics
  Area  Labor Force Unemployment Rate

2014 2015 2016  2017 14 15 16 17
Alleghany County 7,210 7,115 6,924 6,842 5.9 5.1 5.1 4.9
Bedford County 38,587
 38,173 37,909
 38,238 5.1
 4.4 4.1
3.9
Botetourt County   17,574 17,546
17,325
17,325
 4.9  4.2 3.7
 3.6
Craig County  2,468 2,431 2,347  2,336 6.4  5.5 4.8  4.4
Floyd County  8,333 8,340 8,178 8,093 4.6  4.0  4.1  3.7
Franklin County  27,265
26,923
26,330
26,196
 5.3  4.6 4.3
4.0
Montgomery County    49,963  50,008 49,659
 49,863 5.1
 4.3 4.2
3.8
Roanoke City   50,276  49,475  48,866 48,976 5.9  4.9 4.3 4.2
Roanoke County  50,170  49,551  49,064  49,144  4.6  3.9 3.6 3.4
Salem  13,169 13,001 12,874  12,907  5.1 4.4  4.0 3.8
Roanoke
MSA
 161,102  158,927  156,806  156,884 5.2  4.4 3.9 3.8
Virginia 4,257,986  4,240,470 4,242,650  4,307,753 5.2 4.4 4.0 3.8
US 155,916,000 157,134,000  159,191,000  160,310,000 6.2  5.3 4.9 4.4
 Source: Virginia Employment Commission