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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 8.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Altoona 3.5% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Altoona, Pennsylvania, National

Altoona, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 5,352. There are now 3,270 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,082 -79 -422

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 2,082
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.6% 2,161
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 2,481
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 2,525
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 2,613
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 2,595
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 2,633
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 2,597
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 2,514
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 2,272
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 2,495

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.