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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 2.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Harrisburg 11.3% -2.4 +7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 41,466. There are now 6,882 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 34,584 -6,882 +24,021

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 11.3% 34,584
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 13.7% 41,466
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.7% 14,121
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.0% 12,117
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 4.0% 12,164
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.1% 12,665
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.1% 12,478
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.0% 12,231
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.9% 11,934
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 3.8% 11,591
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 3.7% 11,229

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.