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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.0% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia 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
Philadelphia 7.4% +0.1 +3.0
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: 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 472,988. There are now 246,498 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 213,840 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,650. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 226,490 +2,052 +88,592

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 7.4% 226,490
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.3% 224,438
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.0% 213,840
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.6% 234,522
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.7% 237,443
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 8.2% 252,999
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 10.8% 335,883
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 13.0% 406,460
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 14.4% 448,614
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 13.9% 434,878
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 15.3% 472,988

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.