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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsburgh fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh peaked in February 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsburgh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Pittsburgh 3.8% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 100,395. There are now 54,503 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 45,478 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 414. Pittsburgh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsburgh 45,892 +414 -4,225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployment Rate
Pittsburgh
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 45,892
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 45,478
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 45,896
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 45,985
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 46,954
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 47,885
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 48,921
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 50,092
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 50,083
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.1% 49,983

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.