Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Remains At 3.4% in April

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its preliminary employment situation report for April 2024. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month at 3.4% in April. This was the seventh consecutive month at 3.4%. The U.S. unemployment rate rose by one-tenth of a percentage point from its March rate to 3.9%. 

The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate was equal to its April 2023 level of 3.4%, while the national rate was up one-half of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 17,000 over the month due entirely to growth in resident employment while unemployment was unchanged from the March level.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 2,600 over the month to a record high of 6,149,500. This was the ninth consecutive record high for Pennsylvania’s jobs count. Jobs increased from March in six of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement over the month was a gain of 4,000 jobs in education & health services which rose to a record high for the 11th consecutive month. 

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 81,000 with gains in six of the 11 supersectors. Education & health services (+58,000) had the largest volume over-the-year gain among supersectors.