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

There were 267,800 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in December 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 266,619 employed persons for the month. Scranton lost 600 jobs in December 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 458 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 267,800 -600 +2,100
CPS 266,619 -458 +3,525

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 July 2018 at 269,000. Since then 1,200 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 268,396 for Scranton in January 2008. 1,777 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 253,202, Scranton has added 13,417 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2018

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2018 267,800 -600 266,619 -458
November 2018 268,400 300 267,077 413
October 2018 268,100 -100 266,664 585
September 2018 268,200 -300 266,079 -812
August 2018 268,500 -500 266,891 -346
July 2018 269,000 900 267,237 2,382
June 2018 268,100 1,400 264,855 1,707
May 2018 266,700 700 263,148 991
April 2018 266,000 400 262,157 -228
March 2018 265,600 200 262,385 -1,290
February 2018 265,400 -700 263,675 41
January 2018 266,100 400 263,634 540