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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in March 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton 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
Scranton 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
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: 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 27,580. There are now 14,647 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,846 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 87. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 12,933 +87 -885

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.7% 12,933
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.6% 12,846
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.7% 12,979
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.7% 13,003
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.8% 13,328
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.9% 13,584
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 5.0% 13,852
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 5.1% 14,065
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.1% 14,085
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.1% 14,071

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.