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Reading, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 171,100 jobs in Reading, Pennsylvania in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 199,066 employed persons for the month. Reading lost 200 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 342 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Reading job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 171,100 -200 +2,500
CPS 199,066 +342 +2,121

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 182,900. Since then 11,800 jobs have been lost in Reading according to the employer survey. From a trough of 143,000 in April 2020, Reading has gained 28,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 208,422 for Reading in August 2019. 9,356 jobs have been lost in Reading since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 170,234, Reading has added 28,832 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Reading, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 171,100 -200 199,066 342
March 2022 171,300 300 198,724 542
February 2022 171,000 800 198,182 129
January 2022 170,200 -500 198,053 103
December 2021 170,700 100 197,950 -11
November 2021 170,600 700 197,961 62
October 2021 169,900 -100 197,899 281
September 2021 170,000 -900 197,618 378
August 2021 170,900 500 197,240 340
July 2021 170,400 700 196,900 216
June 2021 169,700 1,600 196,684 -33
May 2021 168,100 -500 196,717 -228