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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in March 2010 at 9.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.5% -0.2 -0.4
Philadelphia 3.9% -0.5 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 March 2010 at 274,017. There are now 153,366 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 120,651 -14,667 -25,697

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 120,651
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.4% 135,318
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 137,691
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 142,656
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 143,646
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 146,574
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 146,668
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 145,933
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.7% 146,604
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.7% 146,731
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.7% 144,511

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.