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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College rose 0.9 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in April 2020 at 10.4% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Pennsylvania 7.3% +0.2 +2.5
State College 5.7% +0.9 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: State College, Pennsylvania, National

State College, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in State College peaked in April 2020 at 8,168. There are now 3,872 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,343 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 953. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 4,296 +709 +1,389

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3%
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 5.7% 4,296
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.8% 3,587
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.5% 3,343
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 4.6% 3,413
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 5.0% 3,782
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 6.2% 4,674
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 7.9% 6,031
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 8.0% 6,078
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 8.3% 6,567
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 10.4% 8,168

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.