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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.0% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Lancaster 3.4% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 12,691 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,449 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,297. Lancaster employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 9,746 +192 -708

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.4% 9,746
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.4% 9,554
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.3% 9,403
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.4% 9,568
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 3.2% 9,032
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.0% 8,449
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.4% 9,469
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

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.