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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.6% -0.1 -0.9
Erie 5.4% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Erie, Pennsylvania, National

Erie, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Erie peaked in February 2010 at 13,750. There are now 6,661 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,973 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 116. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 7,089 +116 -1,693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.4% 7,089
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.3% 6,973
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.5% 7,211
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.6% 7,300
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.6% 7,357
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.7% 7,479
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 6.1% 8,050
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 6.0% 7,968
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 5.7% 7,616
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 5.9% 7,862
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.9% 7,851

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.