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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.3%. 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 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Pennsylvania 7.3% 0.0 +2.3
Harrisburg 6.3% +0.1 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 41,466. There are now 22,677 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,680 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,109. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 18,789 +152 +6,672

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 6.3% 18,789
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 6.2% 18,637
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.6% 16,735
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.5% 16,680
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.1% 18,389
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 6.7% 20,365
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 8.6% 25,555
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 10.5% 31,301
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 11.4% 33,826
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 11.7% 35,657
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 13.7% 41,466

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.