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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisburg 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
Harrisburg 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
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: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, National

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Harrisburg peaked in March 2010 at 23,066. There are now 11,359 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,612 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 95. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 11,707 +38 -1,622

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 11,707
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 11,669
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.1% 12,299
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.2% 12,582
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.2% 12,636
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.2% 12,635
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.5% 13,403
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.3% 12,695
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.0% 11,847
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.0% 11,767
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.9% 11,612

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.