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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 5.7 Percent in November


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

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 5.7 percent in November. The U.S. rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point from its October level to 4.2 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points below its November 2020 level and the national rate was down 2.5 points over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 10,000 over the month. Resident unemployment fell for the ninth consecutive month, down 18,000 in November.

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 13,500 over the month to 5,781,800 in November, the seventh consecutive gain. Jobs rose from October levels in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest increase in trade, transportation & utilities (+5,700). Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 144,000 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, up 46,300 jobs from last November. All supersectors remained below their February 2020, pre-pandemic job levels.

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

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Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
    Change fromChange from
 NovemberOctoberNovemberOctober 2021November 2020
Civilian Labor Force6,2596,2696,311-10-0.2%-52-0.8%
Employment5,8995,8935,865  6 
 0.1% 34  0.6%
Civilian Labor Force162,052161,458160,5365940.4%1,516   0.9%
Note: December 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on January 21, 2022.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change fromChange from
NovemberOctoberNovemberOctober 2021November 2020
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,781.85,768.35,637.813.50.2%144.02.6%
Goods Producing Industries820.7819.3809.21.40.2%11.5 1.4%
  Mining & Logging21.621.421.00.20.9%0.6 2.9%
  Manufacturing553.1551.8537.21.30.2%15.9 3.0%
Service Providing Industries4,961.14,949.04,828.612.10.2%132.52.7%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,113.91,108.21,
  Financial Activities329.4329.0323.60.40.1%5.81.8%
  Professional & Business Services784.5779.4753.65.10.7%30.94.1%
  Education & Health Services1,243.81,245.81,239.8-2.0-0.2%4.00.3%
  Leisure & Hospitality490.1488.0443.82.10.4%46.310.4%
  Other Services238.9239.0228.1-0.10.0%10.84.7%

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: December 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on January 21, 2022.

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