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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 305,000 jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 259,158 employed persons for the month. Harrisburg lost 49,500 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 29,775 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Harrisburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 305,000 -49,500 -45,800
CPS 259,158 -29,775 -29,836

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Harrisburg as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Harrisburg peaked in November 2019 at 355,700. Since then 50,700 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 294,313 for Harrisburg in December 2019. 35,155 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 305,000 -49,500 259,158 -29,775
March 2020 354,500 -300 288,933 -5,379
February 2020 354,800 -700 294,312 647
January 2020 355,500 -100 293,665 -648
December 2019 355,600 -100 294,313 612
November 2019 355,700 1,500 293,701 817
October 2019 354,200 2,300 292,884 909
September 2019 351,900 -700 291,975 1,006
August 2019 352,600 100 290,969 987
July 2019 352,500 700 289,982 701
June 2019 351,800 1,100 289,281 312
May 2019 350,700 -100 288,969 -25