Local Employment and Unemployment


Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased .8 percent from 4.9 percent in September 2017 to 4.1 percent in September 2018. During that period, the number of people in the labor force decreased by 4,900 while the number of unemployed decreased by 8,400.

Within the region, Butler County held the lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, while Fayette County held the highest rate at 5.7 percent.

To view how Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate compares against other benchmark regions, click here.

To view information about Pittsburgh’s job growth rate, click here.

This data comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis program.


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Data Source(s):

PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

Current month data are preliminary. All data are seasonally adjusted figures.

The unemployment rate measures the share of workers in the labor force who do not currently have a job but have actively looked for work in the past four weeks. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as unemployed. It is important to keep in mind that the rate measures the percent of unemployed job seekers in the labor force—the sum of employed and unemployed persons—and not the entire population.