For the first time in 3 years, Lancaster County unemployment rate has returned to 3.5%, mirroring the same number of unemployed (10,100) since June 2019. Employers are still feeling the labor shortage, as 3,800 workers have left and not returned to the workforce. The good news is that Lancaster has seen a relatively steady LFP increase since the height of the pandemic, when the participation dropped to a whopping 274,000. Training and employment programs continue to be a key factor in assisting individuals re-enter and re-skill for the workforce.
Over the month, five of the ten industry supersectors increased, while four were unchanged. Leisure & hospitality had a seasonal increase of 600 jobs in April. Over the year, nine of the ten supersectors added jobs with the largest increase in trade, transportation & utilities (+2,900).
For more information, view the Workforce Information News Release and the Civilian Labor Force Packet for April 2022. To view the most up-to-date demographics, wage, and unemployment information, view the May 2022 Lancaster County Profile.