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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.6%. 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 April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.1 -2.1
Allentown 4.6% -0.1 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 70,898. There are now 50,349 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 20,549 -646 -10,525

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.6% 20,549
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.7% 21,195
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 5.0% 22,348
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 5.3% 23,757
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.5% 24,808
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.5% 24,700
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 5.6% 24,955
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 5.8% 26,176
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 6.2% 27,735
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 6.5% 29,233
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 6.7% 30,306

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.