Pennsylvania Employment Statistics

  • 356,592 employers
  • 5,867,276 employees
  • $1,070 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 2.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.4% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Pennsylvania Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 17,406 more businesses
  • 399,100 more employees
  • 7.3% increase in total wages
  • $10,799 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 24.1% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Pennsylvania Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Allegheny County Pennsylvania, 34,431
County with the Most Employees: Allegheny County Pennsylvania, 631,115
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Montour County Pennsylvania, $1,344
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Forest County Pennsylvania, 7.4%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Pennsylvania, see: Pennsylvania Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Pennsylvania see:Pennsylvania Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 6,220,218 employed workers
  • 249,553 unemployed workers
  • 3.9% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Pennsylvania, see: Pennsylvania Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 359,860 employers, up 1.4% from 354,819
  • 5,829,461 employees, up 1.2% from 5,763,314
  • $1,146 average weekly wage, up 2.8% from $1,115
  • The average weekly wage is 3.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.4% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Pennsylvania, see: Pennsylvania Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.