For Release: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Unemployment in the Pittsburgh Area by County – December 2019
Unemployment Rates in Three Area Counties Increased Over the Year
In December, Allegheny County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan
Statistical Area, at 4.2 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 3.4
percent. Fayette County had the area’s highest unemployment rate at 7.0 percent, followed by Armstrong
County at 6.4 percent. (See chart 1 and chart 2. 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 December 2019, all seven Pittsburgh-area counties had over-the-year unemployment rate increases.
Armstrong County had the largest rate increase, up 1.5 percentage points, followed by Fayette County, up 1.3
points. (See table A.) The U.S. unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage point over the year.
(1) Data for the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area and its components are preliminary for the most recent month.
Six of the seven counties in the Pittsburgh area had unemployment rate increases from December 2017 to
December 2019. The largest rate increase was in Armstrong County at 0.7 percentage point, followed by
Fayette County at 0.5 point. The jobless rate in Beaver County was unchanged. The U.S. jobless rate
decreased 0.5 percentage point over the two-year period.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for January is scheduled to be
released on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).