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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 362,600 jobs in Allentown, Pennsylvania in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 408,825 employed persons for the month. Allentown lost 800 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,111 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Allentown job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 362,600 -800 -900
CPS 408,825 -1,111 -3,879

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 3,600 jobs have been lost in Allentown according to the employer survey. From a trough of 362,400 in March 2017, Allentown has gained 200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 413,453 for Allentown in February 2016. 4,628 jobs have been lost in Allentown since then according to the household survey. From a December 2016 low of 408,804, Allentown has added 21 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Allentown, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 362,600 -800 408,825 -1,111
April 2017 363,400 1,000 409,936 780
March 2017 362,400 -1,900 409,156 -822
February 2017 364,300 1,500 409,978 469
January 2017 362,800 -100 409,509 705
December 2016 362,900 -200 408,804 -722
November 2016 363,100 -1,000 409,526 -988
October 2016 364,100 -2,100 410,514 -876
September 2016 366,200 500 411,390 -586
August 2016 365,700 100 411,976 -412
July 2016 365,600 2,100 412,388 -206
June 2016 363,500 0 412,594 -110