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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Pittsburgh 4.2% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, National

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 102,600. There are now 51,379 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 46,811 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,410. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 51,221 +1,308 -7,150

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.2% 51,221
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.2% 49,913
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 47,815
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 47,753
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.1% 49,063
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 46,811
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.5% 53,682
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 53,689
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 57,240
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 58,116
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.9% 59,005

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.