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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Allentown 3.8% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Allentown, Pennsylvania, National

Allentown, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Allentown peaked in February 2010 at 40,771. There are now 23,902 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 16,869 -670 -3,770

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 16,869
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 17,539
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 19,579
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.4% 19,259
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.6% 20,005
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.6% 19,832
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 19,540
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.3% 18,922
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 18,367
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.1% 17,683
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.6% 19,933

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.