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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in March 2010 at 9.1% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia 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
Philadelphia 4.1% -0.1 -0.6
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: 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 146,139 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 120,700 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,178. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 127,878 -3,945 -18,055

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 127,878
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.2% 131,823
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 131,727
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 128,046
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 123,718
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 120,700
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

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.