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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Scranton fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Scranton peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Scranton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Scranton 6.8% -0.3 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 49,573. There are now 31,294 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Scranton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Scranton 18,279 -791 -2,991

Number of Unemployed Persons

Scranton, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployment Rate
Scranton
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 6.8% 18,279
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 7.1% 19,070
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 7.3% 19,498
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 7.4% 19,720
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 7.3% 19,625
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 7.4% 19,648
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 7.3% 19,461
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 8.3% 22,480
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 8.3% 22,431
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 8.2% 22,034
January
2021
6.4% 7.3% 7.9% 21,316

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.