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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.8 +2.0
Erie 7.4% -0.8 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 21,787. There are now 12,684 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 9,103 -1,025 +2,552

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 7.4% 9,103
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 8.2% 10,128
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 9.0% 11,172
August
2020
8.4% 10.4% 11.2% 13,748
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 13.2% 16,464
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 14.4% 18,015
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 14.2% 18,115
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 4.7% 5.0% 6,486

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.