Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in February 2010 at 8.7% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.2 -0.2

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 554,177. There are now 247,696 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 306,481 -14,424 -12,819

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to December 2015

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.8% 306,481
November 2015 5.0% 5.0% 320,905
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 330,051
September 2015 5.1% 5.3% 338,687
August 2015 5.1% 5.4% 344,016
July 2015 5.3% 5.4% 349,101
June 2015 5.3% 5.4% 346,880
May 2015 5.5% 5.4% 347,546
April 2015 5.4% 5.3% 339,671
March 2015 5.5% 5.3% 335,730
February 2015 5.5% 5.2% 328,840