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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.8%. 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 9.7% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Pennsylvania 4.8% 0.0 -0.3
Allentown 4.8% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 40,922. There are now 20,196 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,261 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 465. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 20,726 +212 +281

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 20,726
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 20,514
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.9% 20,599
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 20,642
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 20,414
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.9% 21,174
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.1% 21,714
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 21,214
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 21,264
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.2% 22,604
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.0% 21,611

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.