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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona rose 1.3 percentage points in July 2020 to 13.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 11.8% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Pennsylvania 12.5% -0.7 +8.1
Altoona 13.1% +1.3 +8.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 10,761. There are now 3,053 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,845 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 863. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 7,708 +863 +4,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 10.3%
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 13.1% 7,708
June
2020
11.1% 13.2% 11.8% 6,845
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 13.5% 8,177
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 17.4% 10,761
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.8% 3,481
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.8% 2,907
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 4.9% 2,945
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.1% 3,079
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 5.1% 3,044
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 5.0% 2,991
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.9% 2,928

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.