For Release: Friday, October 30, 2020
MID-ATLANTIC INFORMATION OFFICE: Philadelphia, Pa.
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Pittsburgh Area Employment – September 2020
Local Rate of Employment Loss Faster than the National Average
Total nonfarm employment for the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 1,108,600 in
September 2020, down 92,4000, or 7.7 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. During the same period, the national job count decreased 6.4 percent. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s
regional commissioner, noted that the Pittsburgh area has had consecutive over-the-year employment
decreases since March 2020. (See chart 1 and table 1; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains
metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year
analysis is used throughout.)
In the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment loss from September
2019 to September 2020, losing 37,000 jobs. The local 30.2-percent rate of decrease compared to the 21.7-
percent national decrease for this industry. (See chart 2.)
Five other local supersectors had job losses of at least 5,000 since last September: education and health
services (-14,500); trade, transportation, and utilities (-12,700); professional and business services (-6,900);
and construction (-6,100); and manufacturing (-5,400).
Metropolitan area employment data for October 2020 are scheduled to be released on Friday, November
20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on September 2020 Establishment Survey Data
BLS has continued to review all estimation and methodological procedures for the establishment survey,
which included the review of data, estimation processes, the application of the birth-death model, and