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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Erie 6.2% -0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 14,109 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 7,624 -194 -2,082

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 6.2% 7,624
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 6.4% 7,818
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 6.3% 7,775
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 7.1% 8,724
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 7.0% 8,676
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.1% 8,751
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 7.1% 8,812
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 7.3% 8.0% 9,983

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.