Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Pennsylvania 5.0% +0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 231,292 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 310,836 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,049. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 322,885 +8,122 -31,504

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 5.0% 322,885
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
November 2016 4.6% 5.5% 353,825
October 2016 4.8% 5.5% 355,679
September 2016 4.9% 5.5% 357,009
August 2016 4.9% 5.5% 357,514
July 2016 4.9% 5.5% 357,276
June 2016 4.9% 5.5% 356,278