Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 294,469 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 266,025 -4,476 -28,855

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.1% 266,025
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
June 2018 4.0% 4.2% 271,510
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 273,671
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 277,411
March 2018 4.0% 4.4% 282,837