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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in March 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Harrisburg 3.3% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 22,826. There are now 13,077 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,453 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 296. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 9,749 +296 -926

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.3% 9,749
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.2% 9,453
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.2% 9,463
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.2% 9,525
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.3% 9,781
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.4% 10,111
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.5% 10,424
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.6% 10,783
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.6% 10,789
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.6% 10,764

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.