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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 3.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Erie 13.8% -3.4 +9.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 21,787. There are now 4,269 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 17,518 -4,269 +11,974

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 13.8% 17,518
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 17.2% 21,787
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 6.2% 8,047
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 5.1% 6,570
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 5.0% 6,486
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.2% 6,696
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.1% 6,551
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.9% 6,380
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.8% 6,193
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 4.7% 6,002
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.5% 5,820

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.