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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 366,700 jobs in Allentown, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 408,240 employed persons for the month. Allentown added 7,800 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,133 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Allentown job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 366,700 +7,800 -18,900
CPS 408,240 +5,133 -18,376

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 November 2019 at 385,600. Since then 18,900 jobs have been lost in Allentown according to the employer survey. From a trough of 322,100 in April 2020, Allentown has gained 44,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 427,243 for Allentown in February 2020. 19,003 jobs have been lost in Allentown since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 369,798, Allentown has added 38,442 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Allentown, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 366,700 7,800 408,240 5,133
October 2020 358,900 1,100 403,107 171
September 2020 357,800 3,300 402,936 13,778
August 2020 354,500 2,500 389,158 6,122
July 2020 352,000 6,400 383,036 5,245
June 2020 345,600 15,400 377,791 -3,089
May 2020 330,200 8,100 380,880 11,082
April 2020 322,100 -59,500 369,798 -50,679
March 2020 381,600 -3,200 420,477 -6,766
February 2020 384,800 0 427,243 711
January 2020 384,800 200 426,532 -576
December 2019 384,600 -1,000 427,108 492