PA Employment: January 2014
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.
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 January 2014, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stood at 6.4%, just below the national rate of 6.6%. Pennsylvania payrolls grew by a disappointing 500 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate declined four-tenths of one percentage point from December.
Unemployment Rates PA US
Unemployment By Pennsylvania County
Source: Center for Workforce Information and Analysis