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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2018 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 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 5.1% in March 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Scranton 5.1% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 2010 at 27,636. There are now 13,636 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 14,000 -149 -1,984

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.5%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 5.1% 14,000
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.5% 15,239
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.4% 15,134
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.5% 15,319
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.5% 15,418
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 15,090
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 15,026

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.