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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.0% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1 -1.7
Lancaster 3.3% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 41,097. There are now 31,626 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 9,471 -284 -3,534

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.1% 3.3% 9,471
August
2022
3.7% 4.2% 3.4% 9,755
July
2022
3.5% 4.3% 3.4% 9,627
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.4% 9,712
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.4% 9,754
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 3.5% 10,058
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 3.6% 10,338
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 3.8% 10,932
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 4.1% 11,712
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 4.3% 12,286
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 4.3% 12,249

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.