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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 166,100 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 191,396 employed persons for the month. Reading lost 300 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 269 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 166,100 -300 0
CPS 191,396 +269 -1,591

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 182,500. Since then 16,400 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,800 in April 2020, Reading has gained 23,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 206,667 for Reading in February 2020. 15,271 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 169,245, Reading has added 22,151 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 166,100 -300 191,396 269
October 2021 166,400 900 191,127 437
September 2021 165,500 0 190,690 -11
August 2021 165,500 -600 190,701 -231
July 2021 166,100 0 190,932 -200
June 2021 166,100 1,600 191,132 -263
May 2021 164,500 -1,300 191,395 -374
April 2021 165,800 -1,100 191,769 -401
March 2021 166,900 500 192,170 6
February 2021 166,400 100 192,164 -25
January 2021 166,300 300 192,189 -314
December 2020 166,000 -100 192,503 -484