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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 3.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Pittsburgh 13.7% -3.3 +9.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 38,317 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 162,612 -38,317 +112,693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 13.7% 162,612
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 4.7% 4.7% 57,021
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.8% 58,870
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.7% 57,789
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.6% 56,506
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.5% 55,058
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 4.4% 53,541
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.3% 52,094

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.