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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Erie 3.8% -0.3 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 February 2010 at 13,742. There are now 8,820 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 4,922 -325 -2,020

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 4,922
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.1% 5,247
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.7% 6,044
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.6% 5,953
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.7% 6,104
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.5% 5,847
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.3% 5,551
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 5,698
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.5% 5,832
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.4% 5,606
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.0% 6,401

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.