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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton rose 0.2 percentage points in June 2018 to 4.7%. 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 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.3% -0.2 -0.5
Scranton 4.7% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2018 data as July 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 14,623 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 525. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 13,013 +525 -2,013

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
July
2018
3.9%
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.7% 13,013
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
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

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.