Department of Numbers

Pennsylvania Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 16.5% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Pennsylvania unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1 -1.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Pennsylvania, National

Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania peaked in April 2020 at 1,045,269. There are now 781,712 fewer people unemployed in the state. Pennsylvania job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Pennsylvania 263,557 -8,907 -108,588

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Pennsylvania from 1990 to September 2022

Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 4.1% 263,557
August 2022 3.7% 4.2% 272,464
July 2022 3.5% 4.3% 275,137
June 2022 3.6% 4.5% 287,411
May 2022 3.6% 4.6% 297,565
April 2022 3.6% 4.8% 308,250
March 2022 3.6% 4.9% 312,885
February 2022 3.8% 5.1% 327,861
January 2022 4.0% 5.4% 341,023
December 2021 3.9% 5.5% 350,212
November 2021 4.2% 5.5% 351,102