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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 15.4% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Philadelphia 6.8% -0.2 -6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 471,841. There are now 262,556 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 197,452 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,833. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 209,285 -5,653 -200,721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 6.8% 209,285
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.0% 214,938
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 6.5% 197,452
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 7.3% 224,408
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 7.4% 229,312
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.5% 232,306
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.6% 234,026
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 237,171
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 235,582
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.9% 211,584
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 7.6% 234,342

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.