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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 October 2018 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in February 2010 at 9.8% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Scranton 5.1% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 13,230 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,488 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,918. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 14,406 +516 -728

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.1% 14,406
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.0% 13,890
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.8% 13,560
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.7% 13,139
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.7% 13,020
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.5% 12,488
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 5.1% 14,068
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.1% 14,149
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.4% 14,926
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 5.4% 15,133
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.5% 15,241

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.