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State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for State College fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in State College peaked in April 2020 at 10.8% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare State College unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
State College 5.1% -0.2 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 8,053. There are now 4,236 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,254 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 563. State College employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in State College, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
State College 3,817 -115 -2,399

Number of Unemployed Persons

State College, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployment Rate
State College
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 5.1% 3,817
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 5.3% 3,932
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 4.8% 3,524
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 5.0% 3,641
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 5.0% 3,646
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 4.9% 3,604
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 4.7% 3,481
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.5% 3,324
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 4.5% 3,316
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 4.5% 3,290
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 4.4% 3,254

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.