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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.8 +2.0
Allentown 6.7% -0.5 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 73,990. There are now 44,894 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 29,096 -2,175 +7,646

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.6% 6.7% 29,096
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 7.2% 31,271
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 7.8% 34,047
August
2020
8.4% 10.4% 10.4% 45,408
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 12.6% 55,028
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 14.2% 62,319
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 14.1% 62,498
April
2020
14.8% 16.1% 16.7% 73,990
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.6% 25,128
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.7% 20,994
January
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.7% 21,058

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.