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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton fell 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in April 2020 at 18.4% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Scranton 15.5% -2.9 +10.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 50,120. There are now 8,255 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 41,865 -8,255 +27,883

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 15.5% 41,865
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 18.4% 50,120
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 7.0% 19,634
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 5.8% 16,095
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 5.8% 16,061
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 6.0% 16,651
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.9% 16,318
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 5.7% 15,930
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.6% 15,496
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 5.4% 15,039
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 5.3% 14,605

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.