In its October 2023 employment situation report, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry revealed that the state’s unemployment rate held steady at a historic low of 3.4%, unchanged from the previous month and notably below the national rate of 3.9%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in October 2023 was a full percentage point lower than the same month in 2022, while the national rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point over the year. Despite a monthly decrease of 4,700 (nonfarm) jobs, the state saw a significant year-over-year increase of 129,200 total nonfarm jobs, led by gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. In particular, education & health services experienced the largest volume gain over the year, reaching a record high.
According to the Department’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Scranton-WilkesBarre-Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) remained at its record low of 4.2 percent in October. Over the past year, the MSA’s rate declined nine-tenths of a point.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the East Stroudsburg MSA was 4.6 percent, marking a one-tenth of a percentage point decline from September to October. Over the past year, the MSA’s unemployment rate has seen a noteworthy decrease, dropping by 1.1 percentage points.