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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 11.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Lancaster 3.6% -0.7 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, National

Lancaster, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 41,623. There are now 31,615 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 10,008 -1,815 -4,374

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 3.6% 10,008
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 4.3% 11,823
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 4.2% 11,688
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 4.8% 13,390
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 4.7% 13,062
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 4.6% 12,736
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 4.6% 12,615
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.3% 14,725
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 5.3% 14,725
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.2% 14,571
January
2021
6.4% 7.3% 5.1% 14,117

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.