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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 166,000 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 190,915 employed persons for the month. Reading lost 100 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 217 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 166,000 -100 +2,100
CPS 190,915 -217 +5,411

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 16,500 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 142,800 in April 2020, Reading has gained 23,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 206,667 for Reading in February 2020. 15,752 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 169,245, Reading has added 21,670 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 166,000 -100 190,915 -217
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
November 2020 166,100 800 192,987 -573
October 2020 165,300 -300 193,560 -557
September 2020 165,600 400 194,117 6,840
August 2020 165,200 1,300 187,277 1,773