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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Pennsylvania 7.3% 0.0 +2.3
Allentown 7.5% -0.1 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 73,990. There are now 41,485 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 30,851 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,654. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 32,505 -238 +11,511

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.3% 7.5% 32,505
January
2021
6.3% 7.3% 7.6% 32,743
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.1% 30,851
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 7.3% 31,668
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 7.2% 31,271
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 7.8% 34,047
August
2020
8.4% 10.2% 10.4% 45,408
July
2020
10.2% 13.0% 12.6% 55,028
June
2020
11.1% 13.3% 14.2% 62,319
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 14.1% 62,498
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 16.7% 73,990

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.