Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 3.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 1,037,087. There are now 188,045 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 849,042 -188,045 +578,752

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to May 2020

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 13.1% 849,042
April 2020 14.7% 16.1% 1,037,087
March 2020 4.4% 5.8% 379,490
February 2020 3.5% 4.7% 309,028
January 2020 3.6% 4.7% 307,029
December 2019 3.5% 4.6% 303,389
November 2019 3.5% 4.6% 304,070
October 2019 3.6% 4.6% 303,396
September 2019 3.5% 4.6% 297,878
August 2019 3.7% 4.5% 290,508
July 2019 3.7% 4.4% 282,463