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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.9% -0.2 -2.2
Harrisburg 3.9% -0.3 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 data as April 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 40,499. There are now 28,512 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 11,987 -695 -6,080

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 3.9% 11,987
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 4.2% 12,682
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 4.5% 13,545
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 4.7% 14,175
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 4.7% 14,117
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 4.7% 14,276
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 5.0% 14,990
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 5.3% 15,867
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 5.6% 16,692
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 5.7% 17,287
May
2021
5.8% 6.7% 5.8% 17,613

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.