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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Erie 4.7% +0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 7,666 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,551 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 525. Erie employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Erie, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 6,076 +229 -1,152

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.7% 6,076
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.5% 5,847
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.3% 5,551
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 5,698
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.5% 5,832
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.4% 5,606
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 5.0% 6,401
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.0% 6,496
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.3% 6,942
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.3% 6,863
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.5% 7,132

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.