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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 1.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Philadelphia 13.6% -1.7 +9.7
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: 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 51,959 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 421,029 -51,959 +299,630

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 13.6% 421,029
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 15.3% 472,988
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.1% 159,221
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.4% 137,898
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 4.4% 137,745
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.5% 142,051
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.4% 139,772
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 136,927
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.3% 133,583
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 4.1% 129,878
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.0% 126,210

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.