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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsburgh 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
Pittsburgh 4.8% -0.2 -2.1
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: 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 194,455. There are now 137,892 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 56,563 -1,291 -25,535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.8% 56,563
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 5.0% 57,854
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 5.2% 60,278
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 5.4% 63,240
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.6% 65,388
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.6% 65,167
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 5.6% 65,758
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 5.8% 68,506
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 6.1% 71,974
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 6.4% 75,449
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 6.6% 78,270

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.