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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.8 +2.0
Lancaster 4.7% -0.7 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 42,484. There are now 29,056 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 13,428 -2,270 +2,666

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 4.7% 13,428
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 5.4% 15,698
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 6.2% 18,035
August
2020
8.4% 10.4% 8.0% 22,858
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 10.0% 28,938
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 11.3% 32,646
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 11.7% 34,166
April
2020
14.8% 16.1% 15.2% 42,484
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.4% 12,497
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 3.7% 10,617
January
2020
3.5% 4.7% 3.7% 10,612

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.