Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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. From a post peak low of 4.1% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 295,192 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 262,160 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,142. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 265,302 +3,142 -43,526

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
November 2018 3.7%
October 2018 3.7% 4.1% 265,302
September 2018 3.7% 4.1% 262,160
August 2018 3.9% 4.1% 262,391
July 2018 3.9% 4.2% 267,322
June 2018 4.0% 4.3% 275,252
May 2018 3.8% 4.5% 283,202
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