Although Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate has increased slightly, there is still hope for those seeking Pittsburgh jobs.
In May 2008, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percent to 5 percent. This still places Pittsburgh below Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, and the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.
Although the city’s unemployment rate went up, so did its labor force. Pittsburgh added 7,000 jobs, bringing the overall labor force to 1,217,100, the highest since September 2002. The city’s employment rose by 5,700, the highest since March 2001. The Pittsburgh and Altoona metropolitan statistical areas tied for the sixth-lowest position in unemployment out of the state’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas.