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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in January 2010 at 6.4% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
State College 3.4% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,242 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 389. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 2,660 +120 -168

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.4% 2,660
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.3% 2,540
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.9% 2,271
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.1% 2,414
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 3.2% 2,469
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.1% 2,353
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 3.4% 2,656
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.3% 2,600
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.7% 2,883
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.6% 2,807
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.6% 2,842

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.