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Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton rose 0.2 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 Scranton peaked in March 2010 at 9.9% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton 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
Scranton 5.4% +0.2 -0.7
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: Scranton, Pennsylvania, National

Scranton, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Scranton peaked in April 2010 at 27,900. There are now 12,921 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,477 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 502. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 14,979 +502 -1,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.4% 14,979
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 14,477
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.4% 15,044
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.5% 15,159
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.4% 14,940
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.6% 15,388
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.9% 16,372
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.8% 16,149
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 5.7% 15,755
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 5.6% 15,616
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.6% 15,398

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.