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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Altoona 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
Altoona 4.5% -0.1 -0.8
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: Altoona, Pennsylvania, National

Altoona, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 5,338. There are now 2,658 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,680 -44 -535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.5% 2,680
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 2,724
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.9% 2,927
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.1% 3,072
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.1% 3,061
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.1% 3,071
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.3% 3,188
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.0% 3,036
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.7% 2,815
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 2,793
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.7% 2,800

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.