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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.8 +2.0
Philadelphia 7.7% 0.0 +3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 238,262 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Philadelphia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 234,726 -2,717 +94,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 7.7% 234,726
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.7% 237,443
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 8.2% 252,999
August
2020
8.4% 10.4% 10.8% 335,883
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 13.0% 406,460
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 14.4% 448,614
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 13.9% 434,878
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 4.7% 4.4% 137,745

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.