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

There were 247,500 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 247,715 employed persons for the month. Scranton added 300 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 214 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 247,500 +300 +5,000
CPS 247,715 +214 +6,916

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 January 2020 at 265,000. Since then 17,500 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 215,100 in April 2020, Scranton has gained 32,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 267,511 for Scranton in January 2008. 19,796 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 222,564, Scranton has added 25,151 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 247,500 300 247,715 214
July 2021 247,200 1,600 247,501 244
June 2021 245,600 -700 247,257 -172
May 2021 246,300 400 247,429 -193
April 2021 245,900 -600 247,622 -444
March 2021 246,500 300 248,066 -142
February 2021 246,200 -100 248,208 -442
January 2021 246,300 700 248,650 -818
December 2020 245,600 -700 249,468 249
November 2020 246,300 900 249,219 261
October 2020 245,400 2,300 248,958 223
September 2020 243,100 600 248,735 7,936