Schuylkill County’s unemployment rate dropped a full 3% in September, according to the latest figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate locally now stands at 7.5%. In August, it was at 10.5%.
And September’s rate is as close to the pre-pandemic level as it’s been all year. The rate is also way down from the pandemic-high of 16.2% back in April. In March, the last month before the noticeable spike caused by statewide shutdowns of many businesses in the area, the unemployment rate was 6.9%.
Schuylkill County’s current unemployment rate is actually slightly lower than Pennsylvania, as a whole. The statewide unemployment rate is currently 8.1%. That means that locally, the economic recovery is happening faster here than it is statewide.
Here’s a quick look at BLS-reported unemployment data for Schuylkill County through 2020:
- January (6.1%)
- February (6.1%)
- March (6.9%)
- April (16.2%)
- May (13%)
- June (13%)
- July (12.5%)
- August (10.5%)
- September (7.5%)
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