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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Allentown fell 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Allentown peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Allentown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Allentown 13.8% -2.9 +9.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 13,292 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Allentown employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Allentown 60,698 -13,292 +42,185

Number of Unemployed Persons

Allentown, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployment Rate
Allentown
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 13.8% 60,698
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 4.7% 4.7% 21,058
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.9% 21,943
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.8% 21,450
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.7% 20,890
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.6% 20,294
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 4.4% 19,703
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.3% 19,186

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.