Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Pennsylvania 5.2% -0.2 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 221,231 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 332,946 -18,589 -9,043

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.2% 332,946
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
May 2016 4.7% 5.5% 354,389
April 2016 5.0% 5.5% 352,022
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 349,106