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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster 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
Lancaster 3.6% 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: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, National

Lancaster, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lancaster peaked in January 2010 at 22,303. There are now 12,257 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,026 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 20. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 10,046 -81 -1,550

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.6% 10,046
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.6% 10,127
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 3.8% 10,659
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.0% 11,117
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.9% 11,114
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.9% 10,932
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.0% 11,350
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 3.8% 10,725
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 3.6% 10,026
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.6% 10,108
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.7% 10,321

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.