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

There were 262,800 jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania in January 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 263,335 employed persons for the month. Scranton added 900 jobs in January 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 167 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Scranton job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 262,800 +900 +699
CPS 263,335 -167 +55

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 2,000 jobs have been lost in Scranton according to the employer survey. From a trough of 261,600 in May 2019, Scranton has gained 1,199 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 268,123 for Scranton in February 2008. 4,788 jobs have been lost in Scranton since then according to the household survey. From a February 2010 low of 253,288, Scranton has added 10,047 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2020 262,800 900 263,335 -167
December 2019 261,899 -500 263,502 -224
November 2019 262,400 -1,600 263,726 -79
October 2019 264,000 1,800 263,805 433
September 2019 262,200 -1,200 263,372 -45
August 2019 263,400 700 263,417 -110
July 2019 262,700 900 263,527 -416
June 2019 261,800 199 263,943 -103
May 2019 261,600 -599 264,046 -111
April 2019 262,200 -200 264,157 59
March 2019 262,400 100 264,098 349
February 2019 262,300 199 263,749 469