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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in February 2010 at 9.0% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Philadelphia 3.6% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 March 2010 at 272,237. There are now 158,577 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 112,989 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 671. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 113,660 +671 -13,526

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 113,660
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 112,989
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 115,056
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 116,652
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 119,697
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 122,040
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 123,973
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 125,988
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 125,885
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.1% 125,602

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.