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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Pittsburgh 3.6% -0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 58,240 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 44,360 -1,292 -12,880

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.6% 44,360
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.8% 45,652
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 51,540
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 50,551
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 51,371
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 49,913
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 47,815
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 47,753
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 49,063
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 46,811
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 53,682

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.