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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.0%. 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 January 2010 at 8.4% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.8% 0.0 -0.5
Lancaster 3.0% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June 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 22,516. There are now 14,143 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 8,373 -27 -1,089

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.0% 8,373
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.0% 8,400
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.0% 8,605
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.1% 8,866
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.2% 9,140
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.4% 9,481
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.4% 9,484
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.4% 9,468
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 9,463
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.3% 9,461
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.3% 9,455

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.