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

There were 259,399 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 261,924 employed persons for the month. Scranton lost 1,200 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 114 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 259,399 -1,200 -900
CPS 261,924 -114 -2,450

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 4,500 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 250,800 in January 2010, Scranton has gained 8,599 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 268,396 for Scranton in January 2008. 6,472 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 253,246, Scranton has added 8,678 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 259,399 -1,200 261,924 -114
February 2017 260,600 -99 262,038 301
January 2017 260,700 500 261,737 363
December 2016 260,200 -600 261,374 -490
November 2016 260,800 -99 261,864 -624
October 2016 260,899 -800 262,488 -327
September 2016 261,700 500 262,815 -297
August 2016 261,200 0 263,112 -333
July 2016 261,200 1,400 263,445 -106
June 2016 259,800 -800 263,551 -117
May 2016 260,600 0 263,668 -267
April 2016 260,600 300 263,935 -439