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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Pennsylvania 6.4% -0.1 -3.8
Harrisburg 5.3% +0.1 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 41,243. There are now 25,695 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,948 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 600. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 15,548 +299 -8,589

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8% 6.2%
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 5.3% 15,548
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 5.2% 15,249
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 5.1% 14,989
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 5.0% 14,948
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 5.9% 17,626
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 5.9% 17,714
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.8% 17,554
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 5.8% 17,121
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.6% 16,733
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.7% 17,130
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 5.9% 17,566

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.