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PA unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent in February


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for February 2021.

The PA unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 percent in February. Pennsylvania unemployment rate is still higher than the United States rate, which was 6.2 percent in February.

However, the good news is that Pennsylvania’s employment count went up by 30,000 jobs.


Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at 7.3 percent in February.

The U.S. rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from January to 6.2 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points above its February 2020 level while the national rate was up 2.7 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – increased 35,000 over the month due mostly to a gain in employment of 30,000.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 16,600 over the month to 5,656,700 in February, the ninth gain in the past 10 months. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in leisure & hospitality (+12,800).

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.