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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 336,500 jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 280,701 employed persons for the month. Harrisburg added 1,600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 91 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Harrisburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 336,500 +1,600 -17,500
CPS 280,701 +91 -13,611

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 December 2019 at 354,300. Since then 17,800 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 298,500 in April 2020, Harrisburg has gained 38,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 294,313 for Harrisburg in December 2019. 13,612 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 261,450, Harrisburg has added 19,251 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 336,500 1,600 280,701 91
January 2021 334,900 2,300 280,610 -1,192
December 2020 332,600 -2,900 281,802 -2,579
November 2020 335,500 1,700 284,381 379
October 2020 333,800 2,000 284,002 61
September 2020 331,800 3,700 283,941 13,659
August 2020 328,100 3,300 270,282 2,888
July 2020 324,800 9,400 267,394 3,696
June 2020 315,400 7,700 263,698 -6,662
May 2020 307,700 9,200 270,360 8,910
April 2020 298,500 -54,000 261,450 -27,483
March 2020 352,500 -1,500 288,933 -5,379