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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsburgh 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
Pittsburgh 4.8% +0.1 -0.9
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: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, National

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 102,693. There are now 44,781 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,077 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,835. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 57,912 +1,835 -11,217

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.8% 57,912
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 56,077
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.8% 58,041
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.9% 58,670
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 58,915
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.1% 61,354
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.4% 65,091
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.3% 64,117
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 5.1% 62,146
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 5.2% 63,232
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.2% 62,594

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.