Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in February 2010 at 8.7% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Pennsylvania 4.7% +0.1 -0.7

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 554,177. There are now 255,224 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 295,624 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,329. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 298,953 +3,329 -52,582

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to December 2017

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 298,953
November 2017 4.1% 4.6% 295,624
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 297,886
September 2017 4.2% 4.8% 309,293
August 2017 4.4% 4.9% 317,632
July 2017 4.3% 5.0% 324,048
June 2017 4.3% 5.0% 325,360
May 2017 4.3% 5.0% 323,034
April 2017 4.4% 4.9% 314,763
March 2017 4.5% 4.8% 310,836
February 2017 4.7% 5.0% 320,423