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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Philadelphia fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Philadelphia peaked in April 2020 at 15.4% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Philadelphia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Philadelphia 5.6% -0.3 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 471,841. There are now 300,257 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Philadelphia 171,584 -8,411 -63,998

Number of Unemployed Persons

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployment Rate
Philadelphia
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 5.6% 171,584
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 5.9% 179,995
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 6.1% 185,426
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 6.7% 204,429
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 6.8% 208,782
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.0% 214,938
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 6.5% 197,452
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 7.3% 224,408
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 7.4% 229,312
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.5% 232,306
January
2021
6.4% 7.3% 7.6% 234,026

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.