These Are The 10 Cities In Pennsylvania With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Pennsylvania with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Pennsylvania for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Keystone State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. St. Marys
  2. Franklin Park(Jobs)
  3. Emmaus(Jobs)
  4. Elizabet
  5. Wyomissing(Jobs)
  6. Hermitage(Jobs)
  7. Whitehall(Jobs)
  8. Plum(Jobs)
  9. Kingston(Jobs)
  10. Jefferson Hills(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, St. Marys takes the cake as the place in Pennsylvania with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Pennsylvania that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Pennsylvania job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Pennsylvania’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 65 places in Pennsylvania.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 65 with one being the “most employed city in Pennsylvania”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. St. Marys

St. Marys, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,940
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
St. Marys comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Franklin Park doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Emmaus

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,291
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Emmaus, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.6 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Elizabet

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,602
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Elizabet. With a population of 11602 residents, Elizabet is a solid place to move in Pennsylvania if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Wyomissing

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,467
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Wyomissing. Numbering around 10467 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.8%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Hermitage

Hermitage, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,237
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
The city of Hermitage is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Whitehall

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,931
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Whitehall. With a unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Plum

Plum, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,386
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Coming in at #8, Plum has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Pennsylvania’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Kingston

Kingston, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,105
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Kingston, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,984
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 65.

Jefferson Hills’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Pennsylvania

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Pennsylvania with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Reading
  2. Chester
  3. York

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Pennsylvania

City Rank Unemployment
St. Marys 1 3.8%
Franklin Park 2 4.1%
Emmaus 3 4.6%
Elizabet 4 4.8%
Wyomissing 5 4.8%
Hermitage 6 5.0%
Whitehall 7 5.1%
Plum 8 5.7%
Kingston 9 5.8%
Jefferson Hills 10 6.2%
Lansdale 11 6.3%
Baldwin 12 6.7%
Bloomsburg 13 6.8%
Phoenixville 14 6.8%
Dunmore 15 6.8%
Munhall 16 6.8%
Lansdowne 17 7.1%
West Chester 18 7.3%
Lower Burrell 19 7.4%
Bethlehem 20 7.5%
Greensburg 21 7.7%
Ephrata 22 7.9%
Chambersburg 23 8.0%
Columbia 24 8.0%
Carlisle 25 8.1%
Hanover 26 8.2%
State College 27 8.3%
Scranton 28 8.5%
Altoona 29 8.5%
Pittsburgh 30 8.6%
Meadville 31 8.6%
Pottsville 32 8.7%
Yeadon 33 8.8%
Pott 34 9.1%
Berwick 35 9.3%
West Mifflin 36 9.4%
Washington 37 9.6%
Nanticoke 38 9.8%
New Kensington 39 9.9%
Erie 40 10.0%
Sharon 41 10.1%
New Castle 42 10.4%
Wilkes-Barre 43 10.5%
Uniontown 44 10.5%
Butler 45 11.1%
Easton 46 11.8%
Norri 47 12.0%
Wilkinsburg 48 12.5%
Oil City 49 12.5%
Williamsport 50 12.6%
Lancaster 51 12.8%
Hazleton 52 12.8%
Indiana 53 12.9%
Philadelphia 54 13.9%
Allentown 55 14.0%
Lebanon 56 14.6%
Darby 57 14.6%
Waynesboro 58 14.7%
Mckeesport 59 14.9%
Coatesville 60 15.5%
Johnstown 61 16.2%
Harrisburg 62 16.7%
York 63 17.5%
Chester 64 20.0%
Reading 65 20.1%
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