Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate statistics Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate 2014

Pennsylvania: Unemployment NumbersUnemployment RatesEmployment NumbersLabor ForceFile Unemployment
Month / YearUnemployment Rate
November, 20108.1% Most recent unemployment rate
October, 20108.4%
September, 20108.1%
August, 20108.9%
July, 20109.3%
June, 20109.2%
May, 20109.2%
April, 20108.8%
March, 20109.4%
February, 20109.8%
January, 20109.5%

What is the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania?

The current Pennsylvania unemployment rate is 8%, with the latest unemployment data collected by the Department of Labor Statistics in November 2010. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate has dropped over the last 12 monthes. The average unemployment rate over the last year has been 8.93%.

The Pennsylvania unemployment rate reflects the percentage of people living in PA who do not have jobs and have been actively searching for employment for at least four weeks. Unemployment data is collected through a monthly survey of employers and unemployment insurance claims. The PA unemployment rate is not, however, the percentage of Pennsylvania residents who are receiving unemployment compensation.

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 rate in Pennsylvania

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

PennsylvaniaUnemployment Rate
Month / YearUnemployment Rate
November, 20108.1%
October, 20108.4%
September, 20108.1%
August, 20108.9%
July, 20109.3%
June, 20109.2%
May, 20109.2%
April, 20108.8%
March, 20109.4%
February, 20109.8%
January, 20109.5%
Annual Average, 20098.1%
December, 20098.5%
November, 20098.2%
October, 20098.3%
September, 20098.2%
August, 20098.4%
July, 20098.4%
June, 20098.3%
May, 20097.9%
April, 20097.3%
March, 20098%
February, 20098%
January, 20097.6%
Annual Average, 20085.3%
December, 20086.1%
November, 20085.7%
October, 20085.3%
September, 20085.1%
August, 20085.5%
July, 20085.5%
June, 20085.3%
May, 20085%
April, 20084.5%
March, 20085.2%
February, 20085.3%
January, 20085.3%
Annual Average, 20074.3%
December, 20074.4%
November, 20074.1%
October, 20074%
September, 20074%
August, 20074.3%
July, 20074.5%
June, 20074.4%
May, 20074.1%
April, 20074%
March, 20074.5%
February, 20074.8%
January, 20075%
Annual Average, 20064.5%
December, 20063.9%
November, 20064.1%
October, 20063.8%
September, 20064.1%
August, 20064.6%
July, 20064.8%
June, 20064.8%
May, 20064.6%
April, 20064.5%
March, 20064.9%
February, 20065.3%
January, 20065.2%
Annual Average, 20055%
December, 20054.4%
November, 20054.7%
October, 20054.4%
September, 20054.5%
August, 20054.8%
July, 20055%
June, 20055.1%
May, 20054.8%
April, 20054.7%
March, 20055.6%
February, 20055.9%
January, 20055.7%
Annual Average, 20045.4%
December, 20044.9%
November, 20045%
October, 20045%
September, 20044.9%
August, 20045.3%
July, 20045.6%
June, 20045.7%
May, 20045.3%
April, 20045.1%
March, 20046.1%
February, 20046.1%
January, 20046.3%
Annual Average, 20035.7%
December, 20035%
November, 20035.3%
October, 20035.2%
September, 20035.3%
August, 20035.5%
July, 20035.9%
June, 20036.1%
May, 20035.6%
April, 20035.4%
March, 20036.1%
February, 20036.4%
January, 20036.5%
Annual Average, 20025.6%
December, 20025.4%
November, 20025.5%
October, 20025.1%
September, 20025%
August, 20025.4%
July, 20025.7%
June, 20025.8%
May, 20025.5%
April, 20025.4%
March, 20026.1%
February, 20026.2%
January, 20026.2%
Annual Average, 20014.8%
December, 20014.9%
November, 20015.1%
October, 20014.8%
September, 20014.5%
August, 20014.8%
July, 20014.8%
June, 20014.8%
May, 20014.4%
April, 20014.2%
March, 20014.9%
February, 20015%
January, 20015%
Annual Average, 20004.2%
December, 20003.8%
November, 20004%
October, 20003.8%
September, 20003.9%
August, 20004.2%
July, 20004.3%
June, 20004.3%
May, 20004.1%
April, 20003.7%
March, 20004.5%
February, 20004.9%
January, 20004.8%
Annual Average, 19994.4%
December, 19993.6%
November, 19994%
October, 19993.9%
September, 19994.2%
August, 19994.3%
July, 19994.7%
June, 19994.7%
May, 19994.3%
April, 19994.2%
March, 19994.8%
February, 19995.1%
January, 19995.1%
Annual Average, 19984.6%
December, 19983.9%
November, 19984.2%
October, 19984.2%
September, 19984.4%
August, 19984.4%
July, 19984.7%
June, 19984.7%
May, 19984.5%
April, 19984.2%
March, 19985.4%
February, 19985.5%
January, 19985.5%
Annual Average, 19975.1%
December, 19974.2%
November, 19974.4%
October, 19974.5%
September, 19974.8%
August, 19974.9%
July, 19975.3%
June, 19975.4%
May, 19975.2%
April, 19975%
March, 19975.7%
February, 19975.9%
January, 19976%
Annual Average, 19965.4%
December, 19964.7%
November, 19964.9%
October, 19964.7%
September, 19964.8%
August, 19964.9%
July, 19965.6%
June, 19965.3%
May, 19965.7%
April, 19965.6%
March, 19966.2%
February, 19966.4%
January, 19966.7%
Annual Average, 19955.9%
December, 19955.3%
November, 19955.5%
October, 19955.3%
September, 19955.6%
August, 19955.7%
July, 19956.1%
June, 19956%
May, 19955.9%
April, 19955.9%
March, 19956.1%
February, 19956.4%
January, 19956.6%
Annual Average, 19946.3%
December, 19945.2%
November, 19945.5%
October, 19945.6%
September, 19945.8%
August, 19946.1%
July, 19946.5%
June, 19946.4%
May, 19946.3%
April, 19946.5%
March, 19947.2%
February, 19947.4%
January, 19947.4%
Annual Average, 19937.1%
December, 19936%
November, 19936.4%
October, 19936.5%
September, 19936.5%
August, 19936.7%
July, 19937.2%
June, 19937.2%
May, 19937.2%
April, 19937.1%
March, 19937.7%
February, 19938.2%
January, 19938.2%
Annual Average, 19927.7%
December, 19927%
November, 19927.2%
October, 19927.1%
September, 19927.4%
August, 19927.4%
July, 19927.9%
June, 19928.1%
May, 19927.7%
April, 19927.4%
March, 19928%
February, 19928.7%
January, 19928.3%
Annual Average, 19916.9%
December, 19917%
November, 19916.9%
October, 19916.6%
September, 19916.5%
August, 19916.5%
July, 19916.9%
June, 19917%
May, 19917.1%
April, 19916.7%
March, 19917.3%
February, 19917.4%
January, 19917%
Annual Average, 19905.4%
December, 19905.8%
November, 19905.8%
October, 19905.5%
September, 19905.3%
August, 19905%
July, 19905.4%
June, 19905.1%
May, 19905.1%
April, 19905.1%
March, 19905.4%
February, 19905.9%
January, 19905.7%
Annual Average, 19894.7%
December, 19894.6%
November, 19894.7%
October, 19894.4%
September, 19894.4%
August, 19894.3%
July, 19894.7%
June, 19894.8%
May, 19894.5%
April, 19894.5%
March, 19894.7%
February, 19895.3%
January, 19895.5%
Annual Average, 19885%
December, 19884.2%
November, 19884.5%
October, 19884.6%
September, 19884.6%
August, 19884.6%
July, 19885.1%
June, 19885.1%
May, 19885.1%
April, 19884.7%
March, 19885.6%
February, 19886%
January, 19886.1%
Annual Average, 19875.7%
December, 19874.9%
November, 19875.2%
October, 19875.3%
September, 19875.2%
August, 19875.1%
July, 19875.6%
June, 19875.8%
May, 19875.6%
April, 19875.5%
March, 19876.3%
February, 19876.7%
January, 19876.7%
Annual Average, 19866.9%
December, 19865.5%
November, 19866.1%
October, 19866.2%
September, 19866.4%
August, 19866.2%
July, 19866.8%
June, 19867.3%
May, 19867.2%
April, 19867.1%
March, 19867.9%
February, 19868.4%
January, 19868%
Annual Average, 19858.1%
December, 19857.1%
November, 19857.4%
October, 19857.5%
September, 19857.4%
August, 19857.4%
July, 19858.1%
June, 19858.5%
May, 19858.1%
April, 19858.1%
March, 19858.7%
February, 19859.2%
January, 19859.2%
Annual Average, 19849.1%
December, 19848%
November, 19848.3%
October, 19848.5%
September, 19848.6%
August, 19848.9%
July, 19849.2%
June, 19849.1%
May, 19848.9%
April, 19849.3%
March, 198410%
February, 198410.4%
January, 198410.6%
Annual Average, 198311.6%
December, 19839.6%
November, 19839.6%
October, 198310%
September, 198310.2%
August, 198310.5%
July, 198310.9%
June, 198312.8%
May, 198312.3%
April, 198312.6%
March, 198313.5%
February, 198313.9%
January, 198313.8%
Annual Average, 198211.3%
December, 198212.6%
November, 198212.4%
October, 198211.8%
September, 198211.4%
August, 198211%
July, 198211.2%
June, 198211.1%
May, 198210.4%
April, 198210.4%
March, 198210.8%
February, 198211.2%
January, 198210.8%
Annual Average, 19818.4%
December, 19819.2%
November, 19818.8%
October, 19818.5%
September, 19818.1%
August, 19817.9%
July, 19818.1%
June, 19818.8%
May, 19818%
April, 19817.8%
March, 19818.5%
February, 19818.7%
January, 19818.8%
Annual Average, 19807.9%
December, 19807.3%
November, 19807.6%
October, 19807.8%
September, 19807.7%
August, 19808.1%
July, 19808.8%
June, 19808.6%
May, 19807.6%
April, 19807.4%
March, 19807.7%
February, 19807.9%
January, 19808%
Annual Average, 19796.8%
December, 19796.6%
November, 19796.6%
October, 19796.9%
September, 19796.6%
August, 19796.8%
July, 19796.8%
June, 19797%
May, 19795.9%
April, 19796.3%
March, 19797.2%
February, 19797.6%
January, 19797.3%
Annual Average, 19786.9%
December, 19786.3%
November, 19786.4%
October, 19786.5%
September, 19786.6%
August, 19786.5%
July, 19787.1%
June, 19787%
May, 19786.2%
April, 19786.6%
March, 19787.8%
February, 19788.1%
January, 19788%
Annual Average, 19777.7%
December, 19776.8%
November, 19777%
October, 19777.1%
September, 19777.3%
August, 19777.5%
July, 19777.5%
June, 19778.1%
May, 19776.7%
April, 19777.5%
March, 19778.7%
February, 19779.4%
January, 19778.9%
Annual Average, 19768%
December, 19767.8%
November, 19767.7%
October, 19767.6%
September, 19767.5%
August, 19767.6%
July, 19768%
June, 19768.4%
May, 19767.3%
April, 19767.8%
March, 19768.6%
February, 19769.1%
January, 19768.8%

Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Graph

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

Detailed Unemployment Rate statistics are available for localities in Pennsylvania:

Local unemployment rate 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 rate 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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