For Release: Wednesday, May 06, 2020
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Unemployment in the Pittsburgh Area by County – March 2020
Unemployment Rate Increases in All Area Counties Exceed National Rate Increase
In March, Allegheny County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical
Area, at 5.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional
commissioner, noted that all area counties had a higher unemployment rate than the nation’s 4.5 percent.
Fayette County had the area’s highest unemployment rate at 9.3 percent, followed by Armstrong County at 8.3
percent. (See chart 1. The Technical Note at the end of this release contains the metropolitan area definition.
All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)
In March 2020, all seven Pittsburgh-area counties had over-the-year unemployment rate increases which
exceeded the U.S. jobless rate increase of 0.6 percentage point over the year. Fayette County had the largest
rate increase, up 3.2 percentage points, followed by Armstrong County, up 3.0 points. (See table A.)
(1) Data for the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area and its components are preliminary for the most recent month.
All seven counties in the Pittsburgh area had unemployment rate increases from March 2018 to March 2020,
and all area counties’ rate increases were larger than nation’s 0.4 percentage point rise. The largest rate
increase was in Fayette County at 2.7 percentage points, followed by Armstrong County at 2.5 points.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for April is scheduled to be
released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
This release presents unemployment rate data for states and c