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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.5%. 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 17.2% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Allentown 5.5% -0.2 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 73,424. There are now 49,461 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 23,963 -780 -7,441

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 5.5% 23,963
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 5.7% 24,743
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 5.7% 24,765
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 6.4% 27,561
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 6.3% 27,255
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 6.2% 26,919
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 6.1% 26,417
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 7.3% 6.9% 29,924

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.