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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.6% -0.1 -0.9
Allentown 4.8% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Allentown, Pennsylvania, National

Allentown, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Allentown peaked in March 2010 at 40,922. There are now 20,283 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,261 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 378. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 20,639 +225 -2,182

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.8% 20,639
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 20,414
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.9% 21,174
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.1% 21,714
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 21,214
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 21,264
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.2% 22,604
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.0% 21,611
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.8% 20,729
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 20,445
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.7% 20,261

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.