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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in January 2010 at 6.3% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
State College 2.9% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 February 2010 at 4,879. There are now 2,523 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,330 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 2,356 +26 -179

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 2.9% 2,356
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 2.9% 2,330
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 2.9% 2,372
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 2.9% 2,360
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.0% 2,416
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.0% 2,465
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.1% 2,514
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.2% 2,561
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.2% 2,561
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.2% 2,554

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.