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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2021 to 7.4%. 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 17.1% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Pennsylvania 7.4% +0.1 -8.8
Pittsburgh 7.4% -0.2 -9.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 199,885. There are now 112,791 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 79,605 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,489. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 87,094 -1,796 -112,791

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 7.4% 7.4% 87,094
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 7.6% 88,890
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.6% 89,329
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.5% 88,189
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.4% 86,464
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.1% 83,537
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.8% 79,605
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 7.4% 87,307
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 10.2% 119,197
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 13.5% 160,421
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 12.4% 146,879

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.