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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 July 2021 to 7.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.3% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Scranton 7.3% -0.1 -6.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 2020 at 49,573. There are now 29,974 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,461 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 138. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 19,599 -49 -18,761

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 7.3% 19,599
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.4% 19,648
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 7.3% 19,461
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 8.3% 22,480
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 8.3% 22,431
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 8.2% 22,034
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.9% 21,316
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 20,767
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.9% 21,270
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 8.1% 21,839
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 8.3% 22,413

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.