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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 6.2 Percent in September


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

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.2 percent in September. The U.S. rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point from its August level to 4.8 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points below its September 2020 level and the national rate declined 3.0 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased by 16,000 individuals over the month due mostly to a drop of 15,000 in unemployment which fell for the seventh consecutive month. 

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs decreased by 7,900 over the month to 5,733,700 in September. The number of jobs increased in seven of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was a drop of 16,500 government jobs. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 131,000 with gains in 8 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure and hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 46,100 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of September 2021. 

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted to provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. September data are preliminary and subject to revision. 

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Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.


Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from     Change from
    August 2021   September 2020
Civilian Labor Force6,2776,2936,317-16-0.3%-40-0.6%
 0.0% 19  0.3%
Civilian Labor Force161,354161,537160,078-183-0.1% 1,276  0.8%
Employment153,680153,154147,543526 0.3% 6,137  4.2%
Note: October 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on November 19th, 2021.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change fromChange from
SeptemberAugustSeptemberAugust 2021September 2020
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,733.75,741.65,602.7-7.9-0.1%131.0 2.3%
Goods Producing Industries817.0817.1802.4-0.1 0.0%14.6 1.8%
  Mining & Logging21.521.622.1-0.1-0.5%-0.6-2.7%
  Manufacturing550.3549.9534.3 0.4 0.1%16.0 3.0%
Service Providing Industries4,916.74,924.54,800.3-7.8-0.2%116.4 2.4%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,100.61,097.31,075.1
 3.3 0.3% 25.5
  Information84.484.281.9 0.2 0.2%  2.5 3.1%
  Financial Activities330.1329.8324.3 0.3 0.1%  5.8 1.8%
  Professional & Business Services772.5774.5752.6-2.0-0.3% 19.9 2.6%
  Education & Health Services1,247.21,247.01,228.0 0.2 0.0%
 19.2 1.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality473.9467.8427.8 6.1 1.3% 46.110.8%
  Other Services238.5237.9226.8 0.6 0.3% 11.7 5.2%
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: October 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on November 19th, 2021.






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