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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lancaster fell 3.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Lancaster peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lancaster unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.4% -2.7 +9.2
Lancaster 11.4% -3.8 +8.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 April 2020 at 42,484. There are now 9,515 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lancaster 32,969 -9,515 +23,620

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployment Rate
Lancaster
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 13.0%
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 11.4% 32,969
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 4.7% 3.7% 10,612
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.8% 10,901
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.7% 10,762
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 3.7% 10,579
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.6% 10,355
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 3.5% 10,099

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.