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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 166,600 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 192,071 employed persons for the month. Reading added 300 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 27 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 166,600 +300 -14,800
CPS 192,071 +27 -16,194

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 15,900 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,800 in April 2020, Reading has gained 23,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 208,265 for Reading in February 2020. 16,194 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 185,296, Reading has added 6,775 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 166,600 300 192,071 27
January 2021 166,300 300 192,044 -14,969
December 2020 166,000 -100 207,013 -243
November 2020 166,100 800 207,256 -129
October 2020 165,300 -300 207,385 116
September 2020 165,600 400 207,269 9,076
August 2020 165,200 1,300 198,193 2,016
July 2020 163,900 3,900 196,177 2,256
June 2020 160,000 8,800 193,921 -2,281
May 2020 151,200 8,400 196,202 10,906
April 2020 142,800 -37,700 185,296 -19,303
March 2020 180,500 -900 204,599 -3,666