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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.8% -0.6 +2.2
Pittsburgh 6.5% -0.8 +1.8
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: 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 April 2020 at 200,929. There are now 124,524 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 76,405 -9,469 +18,616

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.5% 76,405
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.3% 85,874
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 8.3% 98,186
August
2020
8.4% 10.4% 10.6% 123,072
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 12.8% 149,658
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 12.8% 149,453
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 13.9% 166,423
April
2020
14.8% 16.1% 17.0% 200,929
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.9% 71,673
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.7% 57,437
January
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.7% 57,021

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.