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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Allentown 4.5% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 20,814 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,683 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,274. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 19,957 +125 -902

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.5% 19,957
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.6% 19,832
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.5% 19,540
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.3% 18,922
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.2% 18,367
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.1% 17,683
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.6% 19,933
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 19,857
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 20,639
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 20,509
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 20,988

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.