Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Pennsylvania 6.4% -0.1 -3.8

Note: All comparisons are made with August data as September state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 1,023,035. There are now 617,084 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 405,951 -5,793 -232,444

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to August 2021

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 6.4% 405,951
July 2021 5.4% 6.5% 411,744
June 2021 5.9% 6.9% 433,373
May 2021 5.8% 7.0% 442,873
April 2021 6.1% 7.1% 449,884
March 2021 6.0% 7.3% 461,514
February 2021 6.2% 7.4% 469,060
January 2021 6.3% 7.3% 457,170
December 2020 6.7% 7.1% 447,888
November 2020 6.7% 7.1% 445,586
October 2020 6.9% 7.0% 444,342