Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.8%. 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 16.5% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.1 -2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 1,045,269. There are now 736,933 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 308,336 -4,549 -135,735

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to April 2022

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 4.8% 308,336
March 2022 3.6% 4.9% 312,885
February 2022 3.8% 5.1% 327,861
January 2022 4.0% 5.4% 341,023
December 2021 3.9% 5.5% 350,212
November 2021 4.2% 5.5% 351,102
October 2021 4.6% 5.6% 356,693
September 2021 4.7% 5.8% 372,145
August 2021 5.2% 6.1% 391,211
July 2021 5.4% 6.4% 408,684
June 2021 5.9% 6.6% 423,336