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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 6.0 Percent in October


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for October 2021. 

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.0 percent in October. The U.S. rate also fell two-tenths of a percentage point from its September level, down to 4.6 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points below its October 2020 level and the national rate was down 2.3 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 6,000 over the month. The unemployment count fell for the eighth consecutive month, with 12,000 fewer unemployed individuals in October. 

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs increased by 19,100 over the month to 5,760,800 in October, the sixth consecutive gain. The number of jobs increased from September in seven of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was an increase of 8,600  leisure & hospitality jobs.  Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 134,700 with gains in nine of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 47,300 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of October 2021. 

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Note: All 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
 OctoberSeptemberOctoberSeptember 2021October 2020
Civilian Labor Force6,2706,2766,314-6-0.1%-44-0.7%
Employment5,8925,8865,870 6 0.1% 22 0.4%
Civilian Labor Force161,458161,354160,7181040.1%  740 0.5%
Employment154,039153,680149,6693590.2%4,370 2.9%
Note: November 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 17, 2021.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change fromChange from
OctoberSeptemberOctoberSeptember 2021October 2020
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,760.85,741.75,626.119.1
 0.3%134.7 2.4%
Goods Producing Industries818.3817.0804.8 1.3 0.2%13.5 1.7%
  Mining & Logging21.321.421.1-0.1-0.5% 0.2 0.9%
  Manufacturing551.2549.6536.6 1.6 0.3%14.6 2.7%
Service Providing Industries4,942.54,924.74,821.317.8 0.4%121.2 2.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,104.61,101.01,078.6 3.6
 0.3%26.0 2.4%
  Information85.785.681.6 0.1 0.1% 4.1 5.0%
  Financial Activities329.7330.2322.7-0.5-0.2% 7.0 2.2%
  Professional & Business Services776.9773.9752.2 3.0 0.4%24.7 3.3%
  Education & Health Services1,248.61,244.61,242.2
 4.0 0.3% 6.4
  Leisure & Hospitality485.2476.6437.9 8.6 1.8%47.310.8%
  Other Services239.1237.2230.0 1.9 0.8% 9.1 4.0%
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: November 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 17, 2021.


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