Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.8 +2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 618,704 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 418,383 -54,994 +114,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.6% 418,383
October 2020 6.9% 7.4% 473,377
September 2020 7.8% 8.3% 536,340
August 2020 8.4% 10.4% 659,066
July 2020 10.2% 12.5% 793,690
June 2020 11.1% 13.2% 842,222
May 2020 13.3% 13.4% 874,075
April 2020 14.8% 16.1% 1,037,087
March 2020 4.4% 5.8% 379,490
February 2020 3.5% 4.7% 309,028
January 2020 3.5% 4.7% 307,029