Growth in GDP

The Pittsburgh region’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.7 percent and had the fourth-highest rate of growth from 2016 to 2017. Pittsburgh’s per capita real GDP was tied with Austin …

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Local Employment and Unemployment

Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.2 percent in December 2018 to 4.5 percent in December 2019. During that period, the number of people in the labor force …

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Year-Over-Year Job Growth

The Pittsburgh region gained about 8,700 jobs between February 2019 and February 2020, a .5 percent increase over the year.  According to the preliminary numbers, in the 12-month period, jobs …

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Median Household Income

Median household income increased 2.03 percent to reach $59,710 a year in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2018. Among the benchmark regions, Pittsburgh had the third-lowest median household income …

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Average Weekly Wages – Benchmark Regions

Average weekly wages in the 7-county Pittsburgh metropolitan area in the second quarter of 2019 were $1,159, a year-over-year percent increase of 2.2 percent. That percentage was below the benchmark …

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Average Weekly Wages – Pittsburgh Region Counties

The figures below reveal the wide disparity in average weekly wages that exists in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area. Allegheny County had the highest average weekly wages at $1,203 …

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Unemployment Rate

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area’s unemployment rate — seasonally adjusted — decreased a total of 1 percentage points from January 2018 to January 2019 to 3.8 percent. Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate was …

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Change in Employment, Unemployment and Labor Force

The number of unemployed in the Pittsburgh MSA — seasonally adjusted — decreased by 23.1 percent in May 2018 compared to May 2017. The number of employed decreased by 0.2 …

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Year-Over-Year Bankruptcy Filings

The Pittsburgh region continues to experience fewer bankruptcies than many of its benchmark peers. With 1,792 bankruptcies in the 2nd quarter of 2019, less than the benchmark average of 2,767, …

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Five-Year Job Growth

The Pittsburgh region gained 43,400 jobs between February 2015 and February 2020, a 3.8 percent increase over five years. That percentage falls below the benchmark average of 9.2 percent growth.

Number of Companies

Companies backed by venture capital play an important role in economic growth. Estimates attribute 16.6 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and 9 percent of national private sector employment to …

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Cost of Living Index

Pittsburgh’s average Composite Cost of Living Index for 2017 was 99.6, below the benchmark average of 108. Grocery costs in the Pittsburgh region were the highest Cost of Living component …

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Wages by Occupation

Because individuals and specific occupations can get lost in indicators like our data on average annual and average quarterly wage rates, we are publishing average annual wages from the Bureau …

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Average Annual Pay – Benchmark Regions

Although Pittsburgh has trailed benchmark regions in average annual pay for many years, that gap is slowly narrowing. Average annual pay increased by 1.8 percent between 2012 and 2013, 2.8 …

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Average Annual Pay – Pittsburgh Region Counties

The figures below reveal the wide disparity in average annual pay that exists in the 7-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Region. Allegheny County had the highest average annual pay in 2016 at …

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Median Household Income by Race & Ethnicity

Median household income increased 2.03 percent to reach $59,710 a year in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2018. Among the benchmark regions, Pittsburgh had the second-lowest median household income …

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Annual Bankruptcy Filings

The Pittsburgh region continues to experience dramatically fewer bankruptcies than its benchmark peers. With just 7,089 bankruptcies in 2017, Pittsburgh is lower than all benchmark regions except Charlotte, which had …

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Total Exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce publishes information on exports for major Metropolitan Statistical Areas of the United States. Data for 2016 show an 12.8 percent decrease in exports from the …

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GDP – Annual Percent Change

Three regions (Denver, Minneapolis and St. Louis) outpaced Pittsburgh in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth between 2001 and 2008. However, many regions, including Pittsburgh, experienced a decline in GDP in …

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GDP – Annual Trend

All benchmark regions exhibited positive movement in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2001 to 2008. However, in 2009, many of them, including Pittsburgh, experienced a decline in 2009, followed by …

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Annual Unemployment Rate

Percent Change in Jobs by Sector and Year

Annual rates of change in jobs by sector are presented below. The Pittsburgh region weathered the recent national recession better than most of our benchmark regions. In fact, the year-over-year …

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