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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 342,600 jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 284,559 employed persons for the month. Harrisburg added 1,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 557 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Harrisburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 342,600 +1,000 -13,100
CPS 284,559 +557 -9,142

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 13,100 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 307,300 in April 2020, Harrisburg has gained 35,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 294,313 for Harrisburg in December 2019. 9,754 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 261,450, Harrisburg has added 23,109 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 342,600 1,000 284,559 557
October 2020 341,600 2,900 284,002 61
September 2020 338,700 4,700 283,941 13,659
August 2020 334,000 1,500 270,282 2,888
July 2020 332,500 6,900 267,394 3,696
June 2020 325,600 9,600 263,698 -6,662
May 2020 316,000 8,700 270,360 8,910
April 2020 307,300 -47,200 261,450 -27,483
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