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 2021 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Pennsylvania 6.9% -0.2 -6.6

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 1,023,035. There are now 589,509 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 433,526 -16,358 -429,113

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to May 2021

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.9% 433,526
April 2021 6.1% 7.1% 449,884
March 2021 6.0% 7.3% 461,514
February 2021 6.2% 7.4% 469,060
January 2021 6.3% 7.3% 457,170
December 2020 6.7% 7.1% 447,888
November 2020 6.7% 7.1% 445,586
October 2020 6.9% 7.0% 444,342
September 2020 7.8% 7.1% 450,013
August 2020 8.4% 10.2% 638,395
July 2020 10.2% 13.0% 839,001