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Bloomsburg-Berwick, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomsburg rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomsburg peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomsburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Pennsylvania 7.3% 0.0 +2.3
Bloomsburg 5.9% +0.2 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, National

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bloomsburg peaked in April 2020 at 6,534. There are now 4,053 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,376 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 105.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomsburg 2,481 +70 +392

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Bloomsburg
Unemployment Rate
Bloomsburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 5.9% 2,481
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 5.7% 2,411
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.6% 2,376
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.7% 2,409
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.6% 2,800
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 6.8% 2,906
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 8.3% 3,485
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 9.9% 4,263
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 10.1% 4,348
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 11.6% 5,069
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 14.8% 6,534

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.