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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 7.3 Percent in October


Total nonfarm jobs up 18,800 over the month 

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for October 2020.  

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down 1.0 percentage point over the month to 7.3 percent in October. The national rate also fell one percentage point from its September level to 6.9 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points above the October 2019 level while the national rate was up 3.3 points over the year.  

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force decreased 75,000 over the month due to declines in both employment (the number of residents working) and unemployment (those who are jobless and looking for work). 

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 18,800 over the month to 5,622,100 in October. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest monthly volume gain was in trade, transportation, and utilities, up 7,300 jobs. 

Over the past six months, Pennsylvania has recovered 56.3% of the total nonfarm jobs lost in March and April. 

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 455,900 (-7.5%) with declines in 10 of the 11 supersectors. The largest 12-month change among supersectors was a decline of 142,200 jobs in leisure & hospitality. 

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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
 OctoberSeptemberOctoberSeptember 2020October 2019
Civilian Labor Force6,3646,4396,539-75 -1.2%-175-2.7%
Employment5,8995,9036,236-4 -0.1%-337-5.4%
Unemployment465536303-71-13.2% 16253.5%
Rate7.38.34.6-1.0---- 2.7----
Civilian Labor Force160,867160,143164,401724 0.5%-3,534-2.1%
Employment149,806147,563158,5442,243 1.5%-8,738-5.5%
Unemployment11,06112,5805,857-1,519-12.1% 5,20488.9%
Rate6.97.93.6-1.0---- 3.3----
Note: November 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released December 18, 2020.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
  Change from  Change from
OctoberSeptemberOctober September 2020  October 2019
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,622.15,603.36,078.018.8 0.3%-455.9  -7.5%
Goods Producing Industries811.3808.6864.0 2.7 0.3%-52.7  -6.1%
  Mining & Logging23.624.228.4-0.6-2.5% -4.8-16.9%
  Construction250.2248.0263.2 2.2 0.9%-13.0  -4.9%
  Manufacturing537.5536.4572.4 1.1 0.2%-34.9  -6.1%
Service Providing Industries4,810.84,794.75,214.016.1 0.3%-403.2  -7.7%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,053.81,046.51,123.7 7.3 0.7%-69.9  -6.2%
  Information74.974.387.0 0.6 0.8%-12.1-13.9%
  Financial Activities330.9331.6330.1-0.7-0.2%  0.8   0.2%
  Professional & Business Services766.7764.7817.0 2.0 0.3%-50.3  -6.2%
  Education & Health Services1,237.31,231.51,304.6 5.8 0.5%-67.3  -5.2%
  Leisure & Hospitality436.9430.9579.1 6.0 1.4%-142.2-24.6%
  Other Services228.7228.2264.1 0.5 0.2%-35.4-13.4%
  Government681.6687.0708.4-5.4-0.8%-26.8  -3.8%
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 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released December 18, 2020.

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