Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.5% -0.2 -0.4

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 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in March 2010 at 560,494. There are now 277,302 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 283,192 -14,546 -29,698

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to May 2018

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 4.5% 283,192
April 2018 3.9% 4.7% 297,738
March 2018 4.1% 4.8% 304,198
February 2018 4.1% 4.8% 309,870
January 2018 4.1% 4.8% 310,219
December 2017 4.1% 4.8% 309,542
November 2017 4.1% 4.8% 309,445
October 2017 4.1% 4.8% 308,828
September 2017 4.2% 4.8% 307,969
August 2017 4.4% 4.8% 307,194
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 307,229