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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 361,900 jobs in Allentown, Pennsylvania in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 402,125 employed persons for the month. Allentown lost 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,195 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Allentown job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 361,900 -400 -21,800
CPS 402,125 +1,195 -25,118

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 February 2020 at 383,700. Since then 21,800 jobs have been lost in Allentown according to the employer survey. From a trough of 307,000 in April 2020, Allentown has gained 54,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 427,243 for Allentown in February 2020. 25,118 jobs have been lost in Allentown since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 369,798, Allentown has added 32,327 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Allentown, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 361,900 -400 402,125 1,195
January 2021 362,300 900 400,930 -3,642
December 2020 361,400 0 404,572 818
November 2020 361,400 5,900 403,754 647
October 2020 355,500 2,300 403,107 171
September 2020 353,200 3,800 402,936 13,778
August 2020 349,400 1,800 389,158 6,122
July 2020 347,600 13,500 383,036 5,245
June 2020 334,100 12,100 377,791 -3,089
May 2020 322,000 15,000 380,880 11,082
April 2020 307,000 -73,000 369,798 -50,679
March 2020 380,000 -3,700 420,477 -6,766