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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in April 2020 at 17.9% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.1 -2.1
Scranton 5.7% -0.2 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 48,461. There are now 32,812 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 15,649 -444 -7,089

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 5.7% 15,649
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 5.9% 16,093
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 6.2% 16,860
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 6.5% 17,723
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 6.7% 18,350
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 6.7% 18,286
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 6.8% 18,471
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 7.1% 19,279
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 7.4% 20,275
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 7.8% 21,232
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 8.0% 21,956

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.