Pennsylvania Unemployment statistics Pennsylvania Unemployment 2014

Pennsylvania: Unemployment NumbersUnemployment RatesEmployment NumbersLabor ForceFile Unemployment
Month / YearUnemployment
November, 2010516,841 unemployed Most recent unemployment
October, 2010534,957 unemployed
September, 2010518,513 unemployed
August, 2010574,420 unemployed
July, 2010602,414 unemployed
June, 2010594,835 unemployed
May, 2010592,305 unemployed
April, 2010561,455 unemployed
March, 2010601,771 unemployed
February, 2010628,447 unemployed
January, 2010609,153 unemployed

What is the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania?

The current Pennsylvania unemployment is 516,841 unemployed, with the latest unemployment data collected by the Department of Labor Statistics in November 2010. Pennsylvania's unemployment has dropped over the last 12 monthes. The average unemployment over the last year has been 573,422.92 unemployed.

The Pennsylvania unemployment statistic is the total number of people in Pennsylvania who are currently unemployed (do not have a job, and have been actively searching for one for at least four weeks). This number does not, however, reflect the amount of people currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits through the unemployment assistance program. Pennsylvania's unemployment numbers are updated monthly by the Department of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania

Unemployed workers in Pennsylvania can apply for unemployment insurance benefits under the Pennsylvania state unemployment program at the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office. For more information, read about Pennsylvania's unemployment benefits.

Historical unemployment in Pennsylvania

The Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains an archive of historical monthly and yearly statewide unemployment numbers for Pennsylvania for every year back to 1976. This table contains all unemployment statistics available for Pennsylvania, arranged from newest to oldest.

PennsylvaniaUnemployment
Month / YearUnemployment
November, 2010516,841 unemployed
October, 2010534,957 unemployed
September, 2010518,513 unemployed
August, 2010574,420 unemployed
July, 2010602,414 unemployed
June, 2010594,835 unemployed
May, 2010592,305 unemployed
April, 2010561,455 unemployed
March, 2010601,771 unemployed
February, 2010628,447 unemployed
January, 2010609,153 unemployed
Annual Average, 2009519,440 unemployed
December, 2009543,365 unemployed
November, 2009527,968 unemployed
October, 2009527,916 unemployed
September, 2009520,956 unemployed
August, 2009544,599 unemployed
July, 2009547,248 unemployed
June, 2009537,679 unemployed
May, 2009507,284 unemployed
April, 2009467,611 unemployed
March, 2009509,419 unemployed
February, 2009512,249 unemployed
January, 2009486,991 unemployed
Annual Average, 2008342,290 unemployed
December, 2008395,789 unemployed
November, 2008365,748 unemployed
October, 2008344,678 unemployed
September, 2008329,002 unemployed
August, 2008361,847 unemployed
July, 2008356,934 unemployed
June, 2008342,925 unemployed
May, 2008319,999 unemployed
April, 2008287,102 unemployed
March, 2008330,499 unemployed
February, 2008333,709 unemployed
January, 2008339,246 unemployed
Annual Average, 2007274,743 unemployed
December, 2007279,105 unemployed
November, 2007260,781 unemployed
October, 2007255,713 unemployed
September, 2007254,722 unemployed
August, 2007277,007 unemployed
July, 2007289,653 unemployed
June, 2007282,260 unemployed
May, 2007258,944 unemployed
April, 2007247,357 unemployed
March, 2007279,234 unemployed
February, 2007299,877 unemployed
January, 2007312,261 unemployed
Annual Average, 2006286,470 unemployed
December, 2006247,513 unemployed
November, 2006259,347 unemployed
October, 2006243,385 unemployed
September, 2006255,045 unemployed
August, 2006293,726 unemployed
July, 2006309,792 unemployed
June, 2006303,789 unemployed
May, 2006286,397 unemployed
April, 2006278,937 unemployed
March, 2006309,338 unemployed
February, 2006328,371 unemployed
January, 2006321,998 unemployed
Annual Average, 2005312,201 unemployed
December, 2005275,961 unemployed
November, 2005294,640 unemployed
October, 2005278,055 unemployed
September, 2005282,303 unemployed
August, 2005301,368 unemployed
July, 2005319,666 unemployed
June, 2005321,883 unemployed
May, 2005303,728 unemployed
April, 2005294,564 unemployed
March, 2005350,801 unemployed
February, 2005366,870 unemployed
January, 2005356,571 unemployed
Annual Average, 2004337,235 unemployed
December, 2004303,924 unemployed
November, 2004315,445 unemployed
October, 2004310,241 unemployed
September, 2004302,766 unemployed
August, 2004333,778 unemployed
July, 2004353,022 unemployed
June, 2004358,096 unemployed
May, 2004327,969 unemployed
April, 2004314,612 unemployed
March, 2004371,524 unemployed
February, 2004372,557 unemployed
January, 2004382,890 unemployed
Annual Average, 2003349,266 unemployed
December, 2003306,967 unemployed
November, 2003326,716 unemployed
October, 2003321,506 unemployed
September, 2003321,009 unemployed
August, 2003341,206 unemployed
July, 2003363,957 unemployed
June, 2003375,809 unemployed
May, 2003343,976 unemployed
April, 2003331,669 unemployed
March, 2003371,719 unemployed
February, 2003390,963 unemployed
January, 2003395,694 unemployed
Annual Average, 2002348,552 unemployed
December, 2002336,768 unemployed
November, 2002343,760 unemployed
October, 2002319,523 unemployed
September, 2002312,850 unemployed
August, 2002336,724 unemployed
July, 2002357,463 unemployed
June, 2002360,848 unemployed
May, 2002340,969 unemployed
April, 2002331,005 unemployed
March, 2002375,361 unemployed
February, 2002384,437 unemployed
January, 2002382,920 unemployed
Annual Average, 2001293,417 unemployed
December, 2001304,916 unemployed
November, 2001313,361 unemployed
October, 2001295,678 unemployed
September, 2001276,525 unemployed
August, 2001295,331 unemployed
July, 2001297,748 unemployed
June, 2001299,465 unemployed
May, 2001271,189 unemployed
April, 2001254,277 unemployed
March, 2001299,900 unemployed
February, 2001307,364 unemployed
January, 2001305,251 unemployed
Annual Average, 2000254,931 unemployed
December, 2000230,736 unemployed
November, 2000247,372 unemployed
October, 2000233,741 unemployed
September, 2000235,090 unemployed
August, 2000255,822 unemployed
July, 2000267,026 unemployed
June, 2000262,472 unemployed
May, 2000249,127 unemployed
April, 2000222,083 unemployed
March, 2000274,480 unemployed
February, 2000293,942 unemployed
January, 2000287,284 unemployed
Annual Average, 1999268,002 unemployed
December, 1999220,516 unemployed
November, 1999240,439 unemployed
October, 1999237,373 unemployed
September, 1999255,563 unemployed
August, 1999263,837 unemployed
July, 1999291,693 unemployed
June, 1999287,935 unemployed
May, 1999259,089 unemployed
April, 1999252,911 unemployed
March, 1999291,570 unemployed
February, 1999310,535 unemployed
January, 1999304,563 unemployed
Annual Average, 1998280,750 unemployed
December, 1998235,660 unemployed
November, 1998254,321 unemployed
October, 1998254,835 unemployed
September, 1998263,261 unemployed
August, 1998266,672 unemployed
July, 1998291,034 unemployed
June, 1998288,128 unemployed
May, 1998274,822 unemployed
April, 1998253,695 unemployed
March, 1998326,196 unemployed
February, 1998331,226 unemployed
January, 1998329,150 unemployed
Annual Average, 1997310,592 unemployed
December, 1997257,743 unemployed
November, 1997268,832 unemployed
October, 1997270,702 unemployed
September, 1997292,968 unemployed
August, 1997300,120 unemployed
July, 1997329,806 unemployed
June, 1997328,968 unemployed
May, 1997314,072 unemployed
April, 1997303,076 unemployed
March, 1997345,170 unemployed
February, 1997356,343 unemployed
January, 1997359,300 unemployed
Annual Average, 1996325,746 unemployed
December, 1996283,869 unemployed
November, 1996296,689 unemployed
October, 1996281,828 unemployed
September, 1996286,632 unemployed
August, 1996296,204 unemployed
July, 1996341,122 unemployed
June, 1996322,601 unemployed
May, 1996340,716 unemployed
April, 1996328,457 unemployed
March, 1996366,400 unemployed
February, 1996372,573 unemployed
January, 1996391,861 unemployed
Annual Average, 1995345,739 unemployed
December, 1995309,065 unemployed
November, 1995326,096 unemployed
October, 1995311,043 unemployed
September, 1995329,483 unemployed
August, 1995341,607 unemployed
July, 1995365,455 unemployed
June, 1995355,072 unemployed
May, 1995348,609 unemployed
April, 1995346,589 unemployed
March, 1995358,546 unemployed
February, 1995372,755 unemployed
January, 1995384,548 unemployed
Annual Average, 1994373,136 unemployed
December, 1994303,709 unemployed
November, 1994326,977 unemployed
October, 1994332,755 unemployed
September, 1994341,657 unemployed
August, 1994361,535 unemployed
July, 1994387,997 unemployed
June, 1994380,501 unemployed
May, 1994370,537 unemployed
April, 1994381,170 unemployed
March, 1994422,451 unemployed
February, 1994432,590 unemployed
January, 1994435,755 unemployed
Annual Average, 1993418,976 unemployed
December, 1993354,109 unemployed
November, 1993377,689 unemployed
October, 1993387,835 unemployed
September, 1993384,797 unemployed
August, 1993403,011 unemployed
July, 1993433,322 unemployed
June, 1993434,788 unemployed
May, 1993425,718 unemployed
April, 1993414,155 unemployed
March, 1993449,516 unemployed
February, 1993480,480 unemployed
January, 1993482,288 unemployed
Annual Average, 1992454,373 unemployed
December, 1992415,019 unemployed
November, 1992427,582 unemployed
October, 1992419,502 unemployed
September, 1992436,333 unemployed
August, 1992446,165 unemployed
July, 1992479,081 unemployed
June, 1992483,819 unemployed
May, 1992456,314 unemployed
April, 1992431,034 unemployed
March, 1992467,571 unemployed
February, 1992504,133 unemployed
January, 1992485,922 unemployed
Annual Average, 1991404,532 unemployed
December, 1991405,693 unemployed
November, 1991406,683 unemployed
October, 1991390,663 unemployed
September, 1991381,738 unemployed
August, 1991384,402 unemployed
July, 1991411,890 unemployed
June, 1991417,801 unemployed
May, 1991412,961 unemployed
April, 1991388,373 unemployed
March, 1991422,043 unemployed
February, 1991427,698 unemployed
January, 1991404,444 unemployed
Annual Average, 1990316,657 unemployed
December, 1990339,936 unemployed
November, 1990340,409 unemployed
October, 1990320,844 unemployed
September, 1990310,096 unemployed
August, 1990293,836 unemployed
July, 1990319,068 unemployed
June, 1990302,252 unemployed
May, 1990297,876 unemployed
April, 1990294,157 unemployed
March, 1990310,444 unemployed
February, 1990339,816 unemployed
January, 1990331,147 unemployed
Annual Average, 1989273,131 unemployed
December, 1989268,351 unemployed
November, 1989277,182 unemployed
October, 1989257,607 unemployed
September, 1989256,615 unemployed
August, 1989250,236 unemployed
July, 1989278,769 unemployed
June, 1989280,542 unemployed
May, 1989261,899 unemployed
April, 1989260,497 unemployed
March, 1989269,352 unemployed
February, 1989302,715 unemployed
January, 1989313,803 unemployed
Annual Average, 1988288,380 unemployed
December, 1988242,429 unemployed
November, 1988261,412 unemployed
October, 1988264,786 unemployed
September, 1988266,134 unemployed
August, 1988271,271 unemployed
July, 1988297,107 unemployed
June, 1988295,442 unemployed
May, 1988290,488 unemployed
April, 1988266,162 unemployed
March, 1988317,294 unemployed
February, 1988341,936 unemployed
January, 1988346,094 unemployed
Annual Average, 1987320,334 unemployed
December, 1987278,310 unemployed
November, 1987300,609 unemployed
October, 1987306,889 unemployed
September, 1987297,411 unemployed
August, 1987297,629 unemployed
July, 1987322,741 unemployed
June, 1987332,007 unemployed
May, 1987313,360 unemployed
April, 1987304,330 unemployed
March, 1987348,361 unemployed
February, 1987370,554 unemployed
January, 1987371,809 unemployed
Annual Average, 1986388,809 unemployed
December, 1986304,207 unemployed
November, 1986340,275 unemployed
October, 1986346,083 unemployed
September, 1986357,215 unemployed
August, 1986356,568 unemployed
July, 1986391,853 unemployed
June, 1986416,389 unemployed
May, 1986405,562 unemployed
April, 1986396,046 unemployed
March, 1986441,057 unemployed
February, 1986467,153 unemployed
January, 1986443,295 unemployed
Annual Average, 1985447,300 unemployed
December, 1985396,526 unemployed
November, 1985412,170 unemployed
October, 1985424,370 unemployed
September, 1985413,969 unemployed
August, 1985415,605 unemployed
July, 1985459,831 unemployed
June, 1985477,246 unemployed
May, 1985445,109 unemployed
April, 1985443,886 unemployed
March, 1985478,434 unemployed
February, 1985500,576 unemployed
January, 1985499,880 unemployed
Annual Average, 1984503,194 unemployed
December, 1984441,250 unemployed
November, 1984458,599 unemployed
October, 1984468,385 unemployed
September, 1984471,513 unemployed
August, 1984496,533 unemployed
July, 1984522,322 unemployed
June, 1984508,412 unemployed
May, 1984487,449 unemployed
April, 1984506,536 unemployed
March, 1984540,953 unemployed
February, 1984562,860 unemployed
January, 1984573,515 unemployed
Annual Average, 1983640,664 unemployed
December, 1983527,929 unemployed
November, 1983533,431 unemployed
October, 1983553,989 unemployed
September, 1983565,164 unemployed
August, 1983591,345 unemployed
July, 1983614,025 unemployed
June, 1983719,358 unemployed
May, 1983669,797 unemployed
April, 1983682,514 unemployed
March, 1983731,187 unemployed
February, 1983749,029 unemployed
January, 1983750,196 unemployed
Annual Average, 1982618,562 unemployed
December, 1982690,443 unemployed
November, 1982681,316 unemployed
October, 1982651,883 unemployed
September, 1982624,260 unemployed
August, 1982615,155 unemployed
July, 1982629,271 unemployed
June, 1982619,290 unemployed
May, 1982568,167 unemployed
April, 1982562,918 unemployed
March, 1982588,774 unemployed
February, 1982607,061 unemployed
January, 1982584,204 unemployed
Annual Average, 1981462,176 unemployed
December, 1981499,818 unemployed
November, 1981484,993 unemployed
October, 1981468,130 unemployed
September, 1981440,951 unemployed
August, 1981437,984 unemployed
July, 1981453,446 unemployed
June, 1981485,920 unemployed
May, 1981436,721 unemployed
April, 1981422,701 unemployed
March, 1981465,343 unemployed
February, 1981472,844 unemployed
January, 1981477,262 unemployed
Annual Average, 1980427,761 unemployed
December, 1980398,413 unemployed
November, 1980413,719 unemployed
October, 1980425,708 unemployed
September, 1980415,686 unemployed
August, 1980444,470 unemployed
July, 1980486,242 unemployed
June, 1980469,244 unemployed
May, 1980406,995 unemployed
April, 1980398,304 unemployed
March, 1980414,579 unemployed
February, 1980426,932 unemployed
January, 1980432,845 unemployed
Annual Average, 1979367,134 unemployed
December, 1979357,609 unemployed
November, 1979360,339 unemployed
October, 1979372,605 unemployed
September, 1979357,991 unemployed
August, 1979369,685 unemployed
July, 1979376,379 unemployed
June, 1979383,873 unemployed
May, 1979314,160 unemployed
April, 1979335,484 unemployed
March, 1979385,448 unemployed
February, 1979403,509 unemployed
January, 1979388,525 unemployed
Annual Average, 1978366,558 unemployed
December, 1978340,243 unemployed
November, 1978343,237 unemployed
October, 1978348,184 unemployed
September, 1978353,458 unemployed
August, 1978351,307 unemployed
July, 1978383,014 unemployed
June, 1978374,787 unemployed
May, 1978323,013 unemployed
April, 1978345,577 unemployed
March, 1978404,208 unemployed
February, 1978417,198 unemployed
January, 1978414,470 unemployed
Annual Average, 1977401,073 unemployed
December, 1977354,685 unemployed
November, 1977369,175 unemployed
October, 1977374,892 unemployed
September, 1977381,009 unemployed
August, 1977396,780 unemployed
July, 1977399,930 unemployed
June, 1977428,328 unemployed
May, 1977344,654 unemployed
April, 1977383,975 unemployed
March, 1977447,115 unemployed
February, 1977481,127 unemployed
January, 1977451,210 unemployed
Annual Average, 1976410,908 unemployed
December, 1976401,237 unemployed
November, 1976395,774 unemployed
October, 1976390,832 unemployed
September, 1976382,775 unemployed
August, 1976397,566 unemployed
July, 1976421,854 unemployed
June, 1976438,328 unemployed
May, 1976370,272 unemployed
April, 1976394,808 unemployed
March, 1976435,248 unemployed
February, 1976457,678 unemployed
January, 1976444,522 unemployed

Pennsylvania Unemployment Graph

This graph plots unemployment numbers for Pennsylvania over the last 38 years, not adjusted for seasonal shifts in unemployment. For other other unemployment data visualizations, view more unemployment graphs for Pennsylvania.

Detailed Unemployment statistics are available for localities in Pennsylvania:

Local unemployment data is available back to 1990 for counties, cities, and other combined statistical areas in Pennsylvania. Choose a location from the table below for detailed unemployment statistics.

Abington Township (Montgomery County), PAAdams County, PAAllegheny County, PAAllentown City, PA
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical AreaAllentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area, PA PartAltoona City, PAAltoona, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Armstrong County, PABeaver County, PABedford County, PABensalem Township, PA
Berks County, PABethel Park Municipality, PABethlehem City, Lehigh County Part, PABethlehem City, Northampton County Part, PA
Bethlehem City, PABlair County, PABloomsburg-Berwick, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaBradford County, PA
Bradford, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaBristol Township, PABucks County, PAButler County, PA
Cambria County, PACameron County, PACarbon County, PACentre County, PA
Chambersburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaCheltenham Township, PAChester City, PAChester County, PA
Clarion County, PAClarion-Forest, PA LMAClearfield County, PAClinton County, PA
Columbia County, PACranberry Township (Butler County), PACrawford County, PACumberland County, PA
Dauphin County, PADelaware County, PADuBois, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaEast Stroudsburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area
Easton City, PAElk County, PAErie City, PAErie County, PA
Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaExeter Township (Berks County), PAFalls Township (Bucks County), PAFayette County, PA
Forest County, PAFranklin County, PAFulton County, PAGettysburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area
Greene County, PAHampden Township, PAHarrisburg City, PAHarrisburg-Carlisle, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon, PA Combined Statistical AreaHaverford Township, PAHazleton City, PAHempfield Township (Westmoreland County), PA
Horsham Township, PAHuntingdon County, PAHuntingdon, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaIndiana County, PA
Indiana, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaJefferson County, PAJohnstown City, PAJohnstown, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Juniata County, PALackawanna County, PALancaster City, PALancaster County, PA
Lancaster, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaLawrence County, PALebanon City, PALebanon County, PA
Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaLehigh County, PALewisburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaLewistown, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area
Lock Haven, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaLower Macungie Township, PALower Makefield Township, PALower Merion Township, PA
Lower Paxton Township, PALower Providence Township, PALuzerne County, PALycoming County, PA
Manheim Township (Lancaster County), PAMcCandless Township, PAMcKean County, PAMcKeesport City, PA
Meadville, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaMercer County, PAMiddletown Township (Bucks County), PAMifflin County, PA
Millcreek Township (Erie County), PAMonroe County, PAMonroeville Municipality, PAMontgomery County, PA
Montour County, PAMount Lebanon Township, PANew Castle City, PANew Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area
Norristown Borough, PANorth Huntingdon Township, PANorthampton County, PANorthampton Township (Bucks County), PA
Northumberland County, PAOil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaPenn Hills Township, PAPerry County, PA
Philadelphia County/city, PAPhiladelphia, PA Metropolitan DivisionPhiladelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical AreaPhiladelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area
Pike County, PAPittsburgh City, PAPittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaPittsburgh-New Castle, PA Combined Statistical Area
Plum Borough, PAPotter County, PAPottsville, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaRadnor Township, PA
Reading City, PAReading, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaRidley Township, PARoss Township (Allegheny County), PA
Sayre, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSchuylkill County, PAScranton City, PAScranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Selinsgrove, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaShaler Township, PASnyder County, PASomerset County, PA
Somerset, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSpring Township (Berks County), PASt. Marys, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaState College Borough, PA
State College, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaSullivan County, PASunbury, PA Micropolitan Statistical AreaSunbury-Lewisburg-Selinsgrove, PA Combined Statistical Area
Susquehanna County, PATioga County, PATredyffrin Township, PAUnion County, PA
Upper Darby Township, PAUpper Dublin Township, PAUpper Merion Township, PAUpper Moreland Township, PA
Venango County, PAWarminster Township, PAWarren County, PAWarren, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area
Washington County, PAWayne County, PAWest Mifflin Borough, PAWestmoreland County, PA
Whitehall Township, PAWilkes-Barre City, PAWilliamsport City, PAWilliamsport, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
Williamsport-Lock Haven, PA Combined Statistical AreaWyoming County, PAYork City, PAYork County, PA
York Township, PAYork-Hanover, PA Metropolitan Statistical AreaYork-Hanover-Gettysburg, PA Combined Statistical Area

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