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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College fell 2.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.8 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in April 2020 at 10.4% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
State College 8.3% -2.1 +5.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 1,574 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 6,594 -1,574 +4,046

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 8.3% 6,594
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 10.4% 8,168
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 4.5% 3,573
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 3.6% 2,931
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 3.6% 2,907
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.7% 3,020
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.7% 2,950
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 3.6% 2,875
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 3.5% 2,792
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 3.4% 2,710
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 3.3% 2,638

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.