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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Pennsylvania 7.3% 0.0 +2.3
Lancaster 5.8% +0.1 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 42,484. There are now 26,447 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,753 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,284. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 16,037 +279 +5,420

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 5.8% 16,037
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 5.7% 15,758
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.9% 13,890
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.8% 13,753
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 5.4% 15,698
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 6.2% 18,035
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 8.0% 22,858
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 10.0% 28,938
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 11.3% 32,646
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 11.7% 34,166
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 15.2% 42,484

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.