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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in January 2010 at 10.0% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Erie 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 February 2010 at 13,604. There are now 8,437 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,082 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 85. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 5,167 +85 -769

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 5,167
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.9% 5,082
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.0% 5,131
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.0% 5,175
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 5,344
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.2% 5,510
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 5,699
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 5,881
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.5% 5,876
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 5,862

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.