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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in January 2010 at 6.4% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
State College 2.8% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 4,902. There are now 2,607 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,271 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 24. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 2,295 -80 -588

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 2.8% 2,295
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.0% 2,375
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.3% 2,623
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.2% 2,545
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.4% 2,658
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 2,540
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 2.9% 2,271
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.1% 2,414
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.2% 2,469
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.1% 2,353
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.4% 2,656

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.