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Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in February 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton 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
Scranton 4.5% -0.1 -0.9
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: Scranton, Pennsylvania, National

Scranton, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Scranton peaked in April 2010 at 27,636. There are now 15,242 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 12,394 -428 -2,532

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.5% 12,394
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.6% 12,822
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 5.1% 14,456
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 14,201
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.1% 14,463
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 13,890
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 13,560
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.7% 13,139
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.7% 13,020
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.5% 12,488
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.1% 14,068

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.