Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Pennsylvania 5.8% +0.1 -1.6

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 555,721. There are now 188,264 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 357,166 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,291. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 367,457 +6,143 -112,915

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to August 2014

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 5.8% 367,457
July 2014 6.2% 5.7% 361,314
June 2014 6.1% 5.6% 357,166
May 2014 6.3% 5.6% 362,938
April 2014 6.3% 5.7% 368,306
March 2014 6.7% 6.0% 389,658
February 2014 6.7% 6.2% 397,533
January 2014 6.6% 6.4% 411,517
December 2013 6.7% 6.8% 434,112
November 2013 7.0% 6.9% 445,359
October 2013 7.2% 7.1% 454,398
September 2013 7.2% 7.3% 469,061
August 2013 7.2% 7.4% 480,372