Unequal Unemployment:Unemployment Disparities in Pennsylvania

Publication Date: 
August 7, 2009

The Pennsylvania economy has shed 182,000 jobs since the start of the recession leading to the worst labor market workers in Pennsylvania have seen since the early 1980s.  The state unemployment rate in the second quarter was 8.1%, up from 4.5% at the start of the recession in the fourth quarter of 2007. The overall unemployment rate obscures growing disparities in unemployment for people living in rural portions of the Commonwealth and for African-Americans.