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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Harrisburg 3.1% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 February 2010 at 22,988. There are now 13,847 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 9,141 -395 -2,690

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.1% 9,141
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.2% 9,536
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.7% 11,040
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.7% 10,932
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.7% 11,082
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.7% 10,876
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.6% 10,527
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.5% 10,394
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.5% 10,203
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.3% 9,697
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.8% 10,968

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.