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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to Record-Breaking 4.0 Percent in October


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for October 2022.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 4.0 percent in October, setting a new record low. The U.S. unemployment rate was up two-tenths of a  percentage point over the month to 3.7 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points below its October 2021 level and the national rate was down 0.9 percentage points over the year.

"With Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dipping to 4.0 percent for the first time, this is a historic opportunity to reflect on the critical value of each and every worker in the commonwealth. Individually, we work to follow our passions and support our families. Collectively, Pennsylvania workers are the engine of a world-class economy," L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. "A low unemployment rate is an excellent economic indicator, but our work is far from over. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to invest in growing our labor force, developing skilled workers who meet the needs of Pennsylvania employers and attracting talented workers to the commonwealth."  

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 2,000 over the month. The employment count rose 8,000 (to 6,193,000) while resident unemployment declined 6,000 (to 258,000).

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 10,400 over the month to 6,009,500 in October, the first time to surpass 6 million jobs since the recovery began. Jobs increased from September in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest gain was in leisure & hospitality (+3,800). Trade, transportation & utilities rose to a record high level. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 195,200 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors.

From April 2020 to October 2022, Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 92% of jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic. Three supersectors - trade, transportation & utilities; information; and professional & business services – were above their pre-pandemic job levels in October 2022.

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data 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 fromChange from
 OctoberSeptemberOctoberSeptember 2022October 2021
Civilian Labor Force6,4506,4486,36520.0%851.3%
Civilian Labor Force164,667164,689161,610-220.0%3,0571.9%
Note: November 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 16th, 2022.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change fromChange from
OctoberSeptemberOctoberSeptember 2022October 2021
Total Nonfarm Jobs6,009.55,999.15,814.310.40.2%195.23.4%
Goods Producing Industries843.6844.8821.3-1.2-0.1%22.32.7%
  Mining & Logging24.023.821.90.20.8%2.19.6%
Service Providing Industries5,165.95,154.34,993.011.60.2%172.93.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,174.61,171.91,
  Financial Activities333.2330.7324.82.50.8%8.42.6%
  Professional & Business Services826.8827.0808.3-0.20.0%18.52.3%
  Education & Health Services1,271.71,268.91,
  Leisure & Hospitality544.6540.8510.73.80.7%33.96.6%
  Other Services248.3247.9243.20.40.2%5.12.1%
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 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 16th, 2022.

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