Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Pennsylvania 5.8% +0.1 +1.0

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 554,177. There are now 178,272 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 296,014 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 79,891. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 375,905 +4,757 +68,438

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to October 2016

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.8% 375,905
September 2016 5.0% 5.7% 371,148
August 2016 4.9% 5.7% 369,679
July 2016 4.9% 5.6% 366,778
June 2016 4.9% 5.6% 364,166
May 2016 4.7% 5.5% 360,591
April 2016 5.0% 5.3% 343,832
March 2016 5.0% 4.9% 316,678
February 2016 4.9% 4.6% 300,045
January 2016 4.9% 4.6% 296,014
December 2015 5.0% 4.7% 299,600