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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Erie 7.0% -0.1 -6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Erie, Pennsylvania, National

Erie, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Erie peaked in April 2020 at 21,733. There are now 13,052 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 8,681 -70 -8,799

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 7.0% 8,681
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.1% 8,751
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 7.1% 8,812
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 8.4% 10,558
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 8.4% 10,590
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 8.3% 10,397
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 8.0% 9,983
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.6% 9,570
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 9,706
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.8% 9,836
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 7.9% 9,870

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.