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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 156,600 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 181,386 employed persons for the month. Reading lost 26,800 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 23,213 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 156,600 -26,800 -26,200
CPS 181,386 -23,213 -24,643

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 27,900 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 208,265 for Reading in February 2020. 26,879 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 156,600 -26,800 181,386 -23,213
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
November 2019 182,700 100 207,959 239
October 2019 182,600 0 207,720 273
September 2019 182,600 100 207,447 316
August 2019 182,500 -200 207,131 344
July 2019 182,700 1,100 206,787 307
June 2019 181,600 -400 206,480 258
May 2019 182,000 -800 206,222 193