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Williamsport, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Williamsport rose 0.5 percentage points in January 2021 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Williamsport peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.0% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Williamsport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Pennsylvania 7.3% +0.2 +2.5
Williamsport 7.6% +0.5 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, National

Williamsport, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Williamsport peaked in April 2020 at 9,240. There are now 5,054 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,688 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 498. Williamsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Williamsport, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Williamsport 4,186 +484 +1,169

Number of Unemployed Persons

Williamsport, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Williamsport
Unemployment Rate
Williamsport
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3%
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.6% 4,186
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.1% 3,702
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.0% 3,688
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.8% 4,100
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 8.3% 4,433
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 10.5% 5,503
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 12.2% 6,393
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 12.3% 6,441
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 13.0% 6,892
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 17.4% 9,240

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.