Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania

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August 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of May of this year, national unemployment is at 3.6%—as it was in both March and April, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.9% in Nebraska, to 5.1% in New Mexico and 5.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in May 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Bradford County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 28,168 (1,024 unemployed)
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#49. Bedford County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 24,197 (882 unemployed)
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#48. Fulton County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 7,217 (268 unemployed)
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#47. Dauphin County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
- Total labor force: 148,687 (5,542 unemployed)
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#46. Northampton County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 165,235 (6,256 unemployed)
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#45. Blair County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 59,703 (2,271 unemployed)
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#44. Columbia County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
- Total labor force: 33,262 (1,277 unemployed)
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#43. Allegheny County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 636,828 (24,638 unemployed)
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#42. Westmoreland County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 176,962 (7,035 unemployed)
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#41. Warren County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
- Total labor force: 17,714 (707 unemployed)
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#40. Delaware County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
- Total labor force: 297,462 (11,971 unemployed)
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#39. Mifflin County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
- Total labor force: 20,995 (855 unemployed)
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#38. Jefferson County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
- Total labor force: 19,724 (809 unemployed)
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#37. Crawford County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 38,053 (1,578 unemployed)
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#36. Berks County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 211,677 (8,860 unemployed)
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#35. Tioga County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 19,112 (801 unemployed)
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#34. Washington County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 105,648 (4,434 unemployed)
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#33. Wyoming County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 13,467 (568 unemployed)
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#32. Lehigh County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
- Total labor force: 198,999 (8,446 unemployed)
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#31. Clarion County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
- Total labor force: 16,811 (717 unemployed)
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#30. Lycoming County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 54,734 (2,389 unemployed)
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#29. Venango County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 21,475 (948 unemployed)
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#28. Lackawanna County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
- Total labor force: 104,468 (4,655 unemployed)
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#27. Wayne County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
- Total labor force: 22,435 (1,007 unemployed)
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#26. Northumberland County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 42,293 (1,906 unemployed)
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#25. Clinton County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
- Total labor force: 17,256 (781 unemployed)
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#24. Mercer County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 47,775 (2,166 unemployed)
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#23. Elk County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 14,876 (675 unemployed)
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#22. Carbon County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 32,719 (1,492 unemployed)
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#21. Huntingdon County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 19,390 (886 unemployed)
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#20. Armstrong County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.8%
- Total labor force: 31,398 (1,438 unemployed)
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#19. Schuylkill County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
- Total labor force: 65,287 (2,995 unemployed)
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#18. Erie County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
- Total labor force: 126,947 (5,870 unemployed)
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#17. Cambria County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 55,632 (2,578 unemployed)
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#16. McKean County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 16,792 (779 unemployed)
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#15. Indiana County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
- Total labor force: 36,126 (1,678 unemployed)
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#14. Clearfield County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 35,462 (1,649 unemployed)
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#13. Lawrence County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 39,570 (1,854 unemployed)
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#12. Somerset County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
- Total labor force: 32,482 (1,531 unemployed)
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#11. Potter County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
- Total labor force: 7,222 (344 unemployed)
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#10. Beaver County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 82,452 (3,988 unemployed)
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#9. Cameron County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 2,000 (98 unemployed)
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#8. Sullivan County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 2,610 (128 unemployed)
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#7. Greene County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
- Total labor force: 15,486 (785 unemployed)
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#6. Luzerne County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
- Total labor force: 157,541 (8,182 unemployed)
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#5. Pike County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
- Total labor force: 25,900 (1,348 unemployed)
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#4. Forest County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
- Total labor force: 1,739 (93 unemployed)
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#3. Monroe County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
- Total labor force: 82,750 (4,501 unemployed)
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#2. Fayette County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
- Total labor force: 55,519 (3,068 unemployed)
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#1. Philadelphia County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.9%
- Total labor force: 724,513 (41,544 unemployed)

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