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Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 257,800 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 260,982 employed persons for the month. Scranton lost 700 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 909 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 257,800 -700 -1,099
CPS 260,982 -909 -2,837

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Scranton as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Scranton, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Scranton peaked in June 2007 at 263,900. Since then 6,100 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 250,800 in January 2010, Scranton has gained 7,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 268,396 for Scranton in January 2008. 7,414 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 253,246, Scranton has added 7,736 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 257,800 -700 260,982 -909
November 2016 258,500 399 261,891 -432
October 2016 258,100 -1,500 262,323 -931
September 2016 259,600 600 263,254 -329
August 2016 259,000 -2,200 263,583 -1,623
July 2016 261,200 1,000 265,206 595
June 2016 260,200 400 264,611 447
May 2016 259,800 -99 264,164 250
April 2016 259,899 399 263,914 -1,109
March 2016 259,500 1,200 265,023 -69
February 2016 258,300 -200 265,092 410
January 2016 258,500 -399 264,682 863