PA Employment: February 2014

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The Great Recession and the slow economic recovery that followed have hit Pennsylvania families hard. Unemployment remains high, and many people are struggling to make ends meet. In September 2012, the state's unemployment rate rose above that of the U.S. for the first time since the start of the recession in late 2007. More recently, the state's unemployment rate has dropped below the national rate.

PBPC's Economy Watch provides you with up-to-date information about the state of Pennsylvania's economy.

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation

The unemployment rate measures the share of workers who do not currently have a job but are actively looking for work.

In February, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stood at 6.2%, one-half of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.7%.



National Unemployment Rate


Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate


Change in Pa. Unemployment Rate since Dec. 2007


Total Pennsylvania Nonfarm Jobs


Current PA Work Stats


Unemployment Rates     PA     US

PA & US Unemployment Rates Over Time
Source: Center for Workforce Information and Analysis

Unemployment By Pennsylvania County

Unemployment by PA County: July 2012
Source: Center for Workforce Information and Analysis