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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College rose 0.1 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 State College peaked in January 2010 at 6.4% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare State College 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
State College 3.6% +0.1 -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: State College, Pennsylvania, National

State College, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in State College peaked in February 2010 at 4,907. There are now 2,115 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,649 in August 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 143. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 2,792 +92 -530

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.6% 2,792
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 2,700
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 3.6% 2,767
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 3.4% 2,649
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.6% 2,777
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.6% 2,828
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.0% 3,199
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 3.8% 3,059
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 3.7% 2,929
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.9% 3,055
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.9% 3,017

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.