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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Reading 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
Reading 4.4% 0.0 -0.7
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: Reading, Pennsylvania, National

Reading, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Reading peaked in March 2010 at 19,582. There are now 10,219 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,307 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 56. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 9,363 +56 -1,465

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 9,363
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 9,307
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.6% 9,798
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.6% 9,974
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.5% 9,784
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.6% 9,771
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 10,468
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.7% 10,001
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.4% 9,451
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.4% 9,365
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.4% 9,414

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.