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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in February 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Allentown 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 March 2010 at 40,482. There are now 23,340 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,960 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 182. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 17,142 +182 -2,181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 17,142
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.9% 16,960
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.9% 17,216
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.0% 17,419
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 17,887
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 4.2% 18,316
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.3% 18,794
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 19,322
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.4% 19,330
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 19,305

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.