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Altoona, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 61,100 jobs in Altoona, Pennsylvania in January 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 57,875 employed persons for the month. Altoona lost 200 jobs in January 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 217 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Altoona job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 61,100 -200 -200
CPS 57,875 -217 +529

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 1,700 jobs have been lost in Altoona according to the employer survey. From a trough of 59,400 in January 2010, Altoona has gained 1,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 62,536 for Altoona in December 2007. 4,661 jobs have been lost in Altoona since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 56,455, Altoona has added 1,420 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2020

Altoona, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2020 61,100 -200 57,875 -217
December 2019 61,300 300 58,092 -23
November 2019 61,000 -400 58,115 8
October 2019 61,400 200 58,107 87
September 2019 61,200 200 58,020 38
August 2019 61,000 -100 57,982 26
July 2019 61,100 200 57,956 61
June 2019 60,900 -100 57,895 67
May 2019 61,000 -100 57,828 61
April 2019 61,100 100 57,767 69
March 2019 61,000 100 57,698 181
February 2019 60,900 -400 57,517 171