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Unemployment in the Pittsburgh Area by County – June 2020
Unemployment Rate Increases in Six of Seven Area Counties Exceed National Rate Increase
In June, Butler County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area at
10.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional
commissioner, noted that the other six area counties had unemployment rates ranging from 12.3 percent in
Westmoreland County to 15.2 percent in Fayette County. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 11.2 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 June 2020, all seven Pittsburgh-area counties had over-the-year unemployment rate increases, ranging from
9.9 percentage points in Beaver County to 6.7 points in Butler County. Nationally, the jobless rate increased
7.4 percentage points over the year. (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 June 2018 to June 2020,
ranging from 9.6 percentage points in Beaver County to 6.5 points in Butler County. The jobless rate increased
7.0 percentage points nationally.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be
released on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).
This release presents unemployment rate data for states and counties from the Local Area Unemployment
Statistics (LAUS) program, a federal-state cooperative endeavor.