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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Pennsylvania 6.9% -0.2 -6.6
Harrisburg 5.2% -0.7 -7.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, National

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Harrisburg peaked in April 2020 at 41,243. There are now 25,871 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 15,372 -2,254 -21,872

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.9% 5.2% 15,372
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 5.9% 17,626
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 5.9% 17,714
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.8% 17,554
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 5.8% 17,121
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.6% 16,733
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.7% 17,130
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 5.9% 17,566
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 6.0% 17,947
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 8.2% 24,137
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 11.0% 32,932

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.