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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.4%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Lancaster 3.4% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 22,437. There are now 13,032 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,254 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 151. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 9,405 +151 -1,394

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.5%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.4% 9,405
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.3% 9,254
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.6% 10,018
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.6% 10,191
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 10,462
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 10,472
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 10,454
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 3.8% 10,598
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 3.8% 10,715
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.8% 10,613
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.8% 10,583

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.