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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in March 2010 at 9.1% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia 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
Philadelphia 4.7% 0.0 -0.3
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: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Philadelphia peaked in March 2010 at 274,571. There are now 128,039 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 138,167 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,365. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 146,532 +1,794 -8,409

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.7% 146,532
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 144,738
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.8% 148,843
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.8% 149,712
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.6% 141,314
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.6% 143,602
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 152,151
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.7% 145,204
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.5% 138,861
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.5% 140,059
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.5% 138,167

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.