Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.1 percentage points in October 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. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 256,326 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 297,851 -11,442 -57,828

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 297,851
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 4.4% 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
January 2017 4.8% 5.2% 333,016
December 2016 4.7% 5.4% 351,535