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Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 240,400 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 241,254 employed persons for the month. Scranton added 1,100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 370 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 240,400 +1,100 -22,000
CPS 241,254 +370 -21,220

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

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Scranton 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 Scranton, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Scranton peaked in April 2018 at 264,800. Since then 24,400 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 215,600 in April 2020, Scranton has gained 24,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 268,123 for Scranton in February 2008. 26,869 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 221,868, Scranton has added 19,386 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 240,400 1,100 241,254 370
October 2020 239,300 2,600 240,884 185
September 2020 236,700 700 240,699 9,032
August 2020 236,000 5,100 231,667 4,197
July 2020 230,900 3,100 227,470 2,652
June 2020 227,800 6,700 224,818 -4,035
May 2020 221,100 5,500 228,853 6,985
April 2020 215,600 -47,400 221,868 -37,384
March 2020 263,000 -1,600 259,252 -3,491
February 2020 264,600 1,100 262,743 373
January 2020 263,500 1,600 262,370 -84
December 2019 261,899 -500 262,454 -20