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Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Erie fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Erie peaked in January 2010 at 10.1% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Erie unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.5% -0.2 -0.4
Erie 4.4% -0.6 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 February 2010 at 13,742. There are now 8,136 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Erie 5,606 -795 -1,919

Number of Unemployed Persons

Erie, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployment Rate
Erie
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.5% 7,215
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.5% 7,228
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.6% 7,314
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.7% 7,418
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.7% 7,368

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.