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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 6.4 Percent in August


Unemployment decreased for sixth consecutive month 

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for August 2021. 

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 6.4 percent in August. July's rate was revised down one-tenth to 6.5 percent. The U.S. rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from July's level to 5.2 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points below its August 2020 level and the national rate was down 3.2 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 7,000 over the month in large part due to a drop of 6,000 in unemployment which fell for the sixth consecutive month. 

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 5,100 over the month to 5,743,000 in August. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was a drop of 8,800 leisure & hospitality jobs, while the largest gain was tied between professional & business services and other services, each up 3,200. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 191,100 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 66,700 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of August 2021. 

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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: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows. 


Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)

    Change fromChange from
 AugustJulyAugustJuly 2021August 2020
Civilian Labor Force6,2956,3026,252-7-0.1%430.7%
Employment5,8895,8905,614-1 0.0%2754.9%
Civilian Labor Force161,537161,347160,818 190 0.1%7190.4%
Employment153,154152,645147,276 509 0.3%5,8784.0%
Note: September 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on October 22nd, 2021.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)

Change fromChange from
AugustJulyAugustJuly 2021August 2020
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,743.05,737.95,551.95.10.1%191.13.4%
Goods Producing Industries817.8812.1796.35.70.7%21.52.7%
  Mining & Logging22.121.622.00.52.3%0.10.5%
Service Providing Industries4,925.24,925.84,755.6-0.60.0%169.63.6%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,097.21,097.71,063.8-0.50.0%33.43.1%
  Financial Activities330.6329.2323.51.40.4%7.12.2%
  Professional & Business Services774.2771.0749.33.20.4%24.93.3%
  Education & Health Services1,246.41,245.01,
  Leisure & Hospitality466.5475.3399.8-8.8-1.9%66.716.7%
  Other Services238.9235.7220.53.21.4%18.48.3%
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: September 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released October 22, 2021.


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