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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 182,200 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 207,458 employed persons for the month. Reading added 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 73 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 182,200 +200 -500
CPS 207,458 +73 -501

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 February 2020 at 184,500. Since then 2,300 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 160,200 in April 2020, Reading has gained 22,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 208,265 for Reading in February 2020. 807 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 185,296, Reading has added 22,162 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 182,200 200 207,458 73
October 2020 182,000 -100 207,385 116
September 2020 182,100 1,600 207,269 9,076
August 2020 180,500 -200 198,193 2,016
July 2020 180,700 2,000 196,177 2,256
June 2020 178,700 9,900 193,921 -2,281
May 2020 168,800 8,600 196,202 10,906
April 2020 160,200 -23,200 185,296 -19,303
March 2020 183,400 -1,100 204,599 -3,666
February 2020 184,500 1,500 208,265 436
January 2020 183,000 -300 207,829 -312
December 2019 183,300 600 208,141 182