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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Harrisburg fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Harrisburg peaked in February 2010 at 7.9% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Harrisburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Harrisburg 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 11,949 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,697 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,342. Harrisburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Harrisburg 11,039 +163 -1,031

Number of Unemployed Persons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployment Rate
Harrisburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 11,039
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 10,876
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 10,527
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.5% 10,394
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 3.5% 10,203
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.3% 9,697
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.8% 10,968
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.7% 10,873
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.0% 11,831
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.1% 11,918
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 12,361

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.