Department of Numbers

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in April 2020 at 17.5% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Pennsylvania 4.1% -0.1 -1.7
Altoona 4.3% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 April 2020 at 10,244. There are now 7,682 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,523 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 39. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,562 -61 -761

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.1% 4.3% 2,562
August
2022
3.7% 4.2% 4.4% 2,623
July
2022
3.5% 4.3% 4.3% 2,552
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 4.3% 2,539
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.3% 2,523
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.4% 2,584
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.5% 2,637
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 4.7% 2,776
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 5.0% 2,959
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.3% 3,108
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.3% 3,101

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.