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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Lancaster 2.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 14,341 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 8,096 -242 -1,922

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 8,096
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.0% 8,338
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.4% 9,609
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.4% 9,530
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.5% 9,779
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.4% 9,554
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.3% 9,403
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.4% 9,568
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.2% 9,032
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.0% 8,449
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.4% 9,469

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.