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Altoona, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 57,600 jobs in Altoona, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 54,265 employed persons for the month. Altoona lost 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 74 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Altoona job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 57,600 -200 -3,400
CPS 54,265 +74 -2,830

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Altoona, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Altoona 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 Altoona, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Altoona peaked in April 2007 at 62,800. Since then 5,200 jobs have been lost in Altoona according to the employer survey. From a trough of 53,400 in April 2020, Altoona has gained 4,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 62,536 for Altoona in December 2007. 8,271 jobs have been lost in Altoona since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 51,037, Altoona has added 3,228 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Altoona, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 57,600 -200 54,265 74
October 2020 57,800 200 54,191 111
September 2020 57,600 900 54,080 2,759
August 2020 56,700 500 51,321 119
July 2020 56,200 300 51,202 24
June 2020 55,900 1,900 51,178 -1,300
May 2020 54,000 600 52,478 1,441
April 2020 53,400 -7,200 51,037 -5,002
March 2020 60,600 -700 56,039 -1,023
February 2020 61,300 0 57,062 28
January 2020 61,300 0 57,034 -113
December 2019 61,300 300 57,147 52