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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 173,500 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in July 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 200,534 employed persons for the month. Reading added 800 jobs in July 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 355 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 173,500 +800 +3,100
CPS 200,534 +355 +3,634

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

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Reading peaked in April 2019 at 182,900. Since then 9,400 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 143,000 in April 2020, Reading has gained 30,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 208,422 for Reading in August 2019. 7,888 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 170,234, Reading has added 30,300 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2022

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2022 173,500 800 200,534 355
June 2022 172,700 600 200,179 275
May 2022 172,100 700 199,904 804
April 2022 171,400 100 199,100 376
March 2022 171,300 300 198,724 542
February 2022 171,000 800 198,182 129
January 2022 170,200 -500 198,053 103
December 2021 170,700 100 197,950 -11
November 2021 170,600 700 197,961 62
October 2021 169,900 -100 197,899 281
September 2021 170,000 -900 197,618 378
August 2021 170,900 500 197,240 340