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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Allentown 6.3% +0.1 -6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 73,424. There are now 46,209 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,417 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 798. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 27,215 +296 -30,294

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 6.3% 27,215
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 6.2% 26,919
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 6.1% 26,417
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 6.9% 30,093
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 6.9% 30,253
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 6.9% 30,232
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 6.9% 29,924
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.0% 30,618
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.2% 31,404
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.7% 29,078
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 7.2% 30,809

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.