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Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in February 2010 at 8.8% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.8% 0.0 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 560,494. There are now 312,134 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 248,360 -320 -25,311

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to May 2019

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
June 2019 3.7%
May 2019 3.6% 3.8% 248,360
April 2019 3.6% 3.8% 248,680
March 2019 3.8% 3.9% 255,511
February 2019 3.8% 4.0% 260,718
January 2019 4.0% 4.1% 266,299
December 2018 3.9% 4.2% 270,501
November 2018 3.7% 4.2% 270,365
October 2018 3.8% 4.2% 269,915
September 2018 3.7% 4.2% 269,863
August 2018 3.8% 4.2% 269,953
July 2018 3.9% 4.2% 270,343