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

There were 246,600 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 247,461 employed persons for the month. Scranton added 700 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 161 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 246,600 +700 +21,900
CPS 247,461 -161 +14,137

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 18,400 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 215,100 in April 2020, Scranton has gained 31,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 267,511 for Scranton in January 2008. 20,050 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 222,564, Scranton has added 24,897 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 246,600 700 247,461 -161
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
August 2020 242,500 1,600 240,799 3,763
July 2020 240,900 6,000 237,036 1,109
June 2020 234,900 10,200 235,927 2,603