Unemployment Rate


The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area’s unemployment rate — seasonally adjusted — decreased a total of 0.8 percentage points from July 2016 to July 2017 to 4.9 percent.

Pittsburgh’s jobless rate was higher than the benchmark average of 3.7 percent and was the second-highest unemployment rate of all benchmark regions in July.


This data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.


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Data Source(s):

Bureau of Labor Statistics

These figures are for U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).

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.