Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2019 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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. From a post peak low of 3.8% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.5% +0.2 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 267,819 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 246,401 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 46,274. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 292,675 +10,787 +22,174

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 4.5% 292,675
November 2019 3.5% 4.3% 281,888
October 2019 3.6% 4.2% 271,518
September 2019 3.5% 4.0% 260,488
August 2019 3.7% 3.9% 254,881
July 2019 3.7% 3.9% 250,187
June 2019 3.7% 3.8% 246,401
May 2019 3.6% 3.8% 248,351
April 2019 3.6% 3.8% 248,680
March 2019 3.8% 3.9% 255,511
February 2019 3.8% 4.0% 260,718