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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Lancaster 4.7% +0.1 -5.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 28,587 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,615 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 421. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 13,036 +300 -16,934

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 4.7% 13,036
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 4.6% 12,736
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 4.6% 12,615
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 7.3% 5.1% 14,117
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.9% 13,724
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 5.1% 14,382
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 5.4% 15,152
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 5.6% 15,894

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.