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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster rose 0.8 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in January 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Pennsylvania 5.8% +1.1 +1.7
Lancaster 4.5% +0.8 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 January 2010 at 22,604. There are now 9,823 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,113 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,668. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 12,781 +2,164 +3,662

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 15.1%
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.5% 12,781
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 3.7% 10,617
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 3.7% 10,612
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.8% 10,901
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.7% 10,762
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 3.7% 10,579
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.6% 10,355
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 3.5% 10,099
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 3.4% 9,829
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,566
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.3% 9,349

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.