For Release: Monday, August 10, 2020
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Unemployment in the Philadelphia Area by County – June 2020
Unemployment Rates in All Area Counties Increased Over the Year
In June, Cecil County, MD, and Chester County, PA, had the lowest unemployment rates in the Philadelphia-
Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area at 7.1 percent and 10.0 percent,
respectively, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional
commissioner, noted that at 17.7 percent, Philadelphia County, PA, had the highest unemployment rate among
the 11 counties that make up the metropolitan area. Nationally, the unemployment was 11.2 percent. (See chart
1. The Technical Note at the end of this release contains the metropolitan area definitions. All data in this
release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)
Unemployment rates increased for all counties in the Philadelphia metropolitan area from June 2019 to June
2020, ranging from 12.5 percentage points in Camden County, NJ, to 2.8 points in Cecil County, MD.
Nationally, the jobless rate increased 7.4 percentage points. (See table A.)
(1) Data for the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area and its components are preliminary for the most recent
Unemployment rates in all 11 Philadelphia-area counties were higher in June 2020 than in June 2018. The
two-year jobless rate increases ranged from 11.8 percentage points in Philadelphia County, PA, to 2.5 points in
Cecil County, MD. The jobless rate increased 7.0 percentage points nationally.
The June 2020 unemployment rates for the four metropolitan divisions in the Philadelphia-Camden-
Wilmington metropolitan area were 16.5 percent in the Philadelphia, PA, division; 15.