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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate At 15.1 Percent in April


Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for April 2020.The April unemployment and jobs surveys reflect the effects of business and school closures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was up 9.3 percentage points over the month to 15.1 percent in April. The national rate rose 10.3 percentage points from March to 14.7 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate increased by 11.0 percentage points from April 2019 while the national rate was up 11.1 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – declined by 91,000 over the month. Resident employment was down 687,000 while unemployment rose by 597,000.  

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were down 1,024,100 over the month to 5,014,200 in April. Jobs were down in each of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest volume supersector decline for the second consecutive month was in leisure & hospitality. 

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 1,044,000 with declines in 10 of the 11 supersectors (financial activities was unchanged from last April). The largest volume 12-month change among supersectors was a decline of 347,100 jobs in leisure & hospitality. 

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. 

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Editor's Note: The April unemployment and jobs surveys reflect the effects of COVID-19 and mitigation efforts to contain it. 

A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.


Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
       Change from    Change from
 AprilMarchApril      March 2020         April 2019
Civilian Labor Force6,4526,5436,449-91-1.4%30.0%
Civilian Labor Force156,481162,913162,546-6,432-3.9%-6,065-3.7%
Note: May 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 19, 2020.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
   Change from   Change from
AprilMarchApril     March 2020      April 2019
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,014.26,038.36,058.2-1024.1-17.0%-1044.0-17.2%
Goods Producing Industries683.0860.3868.2-177.3-20.6%-185.2-21.3%
  Mining & Logging25.127.529.8-2.4-8.7%-4.7-15.8%
Service Providing Industries4,331.25,178.05,190.0-846.8-16.4%-858.8-16.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities940.21,129.11,125.4-188.9-16.7%-185.2-16.5%
  Financial Activities329.0336.1329.0-7.1-2.1%0.00.0%
  Professional & Business Services739.3815.4814.2-76.1-9.3%-74.9-9.2%
  Education & Health Services1,146.71,293.41,292.1-146.7-11.3%-145.4-11.3%
  Leisure & Hospitality230.2553.2577.3-323.0-58.4%-347.1-60.1%
  Other Services179.5257.5261.6-78.0-30.3%-82.1-31.4%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit
Note: May 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 19, 2020.


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