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Altoona, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 58,700 jobs in Altoona, Pennsylvania in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 54,852 employed persons for the month. Altoona added 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 7 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Altoona job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 58,700 +200 -2,700
CPS 54,852 +7 -2,210

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 4,100 jobs have been lost in Altoona according to the employer survey. From a trough of 49,800 in April 2020, Altoona has gained 8,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 62,536 for Altoona in December 2007. 7,684 jobs have been lost in Altoona since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 51,037, Altoona has added 3,815 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Altoona, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 58,700 200 54,852 7
January 2021 58,500 300 54,845 603
December 2020 58,200 -400 54,242 -7
November 2020 58,600 -100 54,249 58
October 2020 58,700 600 54,191 111
September 2020 58,100 900 54,080 2,759
August 2020 57,200 -100 51,321 119
July 2020 57,300 1,700 51,202 24
June 2020 55,600 2,800 51,178 -1,300
May 2020 52,800 3,000 52,478 1,441
April 2020 49,800 -11,500 51,037 -5,002
March 2020 61,300 -100 56,039 -1,023