Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2015 to 5.3%. 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Pennsylvania 5.3% +0.1 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 218,422 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 319,300 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,455. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 335,755 +6,915 -55,260

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 5.3% 335,755
February 2015 5.5% 5.2% 328,840
January 2015 5.7% 5.1% 323,229
December 2014 5.6% 5.0% 319,300
November 2014 5.8% 5.1% 322,707
October 2014 5.7% 5.2% 328,169
September 2014 5.9% 5.3% 334,900
August 2014 6.1% 5.4% 342,969
July 2014 6.2% 5.5% 352,758
June 2014 6.1% 5.7% 363,794
May 2014 6.3% 5.9% 374,481