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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 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 April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1 -1.7
Pittsburgh 4.2% -0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 144,513 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 49,942 -1,583 -18,564

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.1% 4.2% 49,942
August
2022
3.7% 4.2% 4.4% 51,525
July
2022
3.5% 4.3% 4.4% 52,007
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 4.6% 53,527
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.7% 54,763
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.8% 56,547
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

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.