Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2014 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 2.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Pennsylvania 6.0% -0.2 -1.7

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 166,151 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 389,570 -7,963 -106,909

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 6.0% 389,570
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
July 2013 7.3% 7.5% 486,078
June 2013 7.5% 7.5% 486,256
May 2013 7.5% 7.5% 488,057
April 2013 7.5% 7.6% 492,239
March 2013 7.5% 7.7% 496,479