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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.1 -2.1
Philadelphia 4.6% -0.2 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 449,179. There are now 303,728 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 145,451 -4,523 -73,231

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.6% 145,451
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.8% 149,974
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 5.0% 157,344
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 5.3% 166,314
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.5% 173,124
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.5% 171,927
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 5.5% 172,786
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 5.7% 180,072
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 6.0% 189,448
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 6.3% 199,036
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 6.6% 207,177

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.