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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 363,800 jobs in Allentown, Pennsylvania in February 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 408,609 employed persons for the month. Allentown added 1,000 jobs in February 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 906 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Allentown job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 363,800 +1,000 0
CPS 408,609 +906 -3,170

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Allentown as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Allentown, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Allentown peaked in September 2016 at 366,200. Since then 2,400 jobs have been lost in Allentown according to the employer survey. From a trough of 362,800 in January 2017, Allentown has gained 1,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 411,779 for Allentown in February 2016. 3,170 jobs have been lost in Allentown since then according to the household survey. From a December 2016 low of 404,873, Allentown has added 3,736 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2017

Allentown, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2017 363,800 1,000 408,609 906
January 2017 362,800 -100 407,703 2,830
December 2016 362,900 -200 404,873 -1,657
November 2016 363,100 -1,000 406,530 -1,188
October 2016 364,100 -2,100 407,718 -1,777
September 2016 366,200 500 409,495 -682
August 2016 365,700 100 410,177 -81
July 2016 365,600 2,100 410,258 277
June 2016 363,500 0 409,981 322
May 2016 363,500 -900 409,659 199
April 2016 364,400 200 409,460 -1,942
March 2016 364,200 400 411,402 -377