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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2023 to 3.6%. 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 17.0% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2023, 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 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 +0.3
Pennsylvania 3.4% -0.1 -0.9
Altoona 3.6% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2023 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 9,997. There are now 7,857 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,093 in July 2023, the number of unemployed has now grown by 47. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,140 -26 -563

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
October
2023
3.9% 3.4%
September
2023
3.8% 3.4% 3.6% 2,140
August
2023
3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 2,166
July
2023
3.5% 3.5% 3.6% 2,093
June
2023
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 2,140
May
2023
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 2,170
April
2023
3.4% 4.1% 3.8% 2,230
March
2023
3.5% 4.2% 4.0% 2,331
February
2023
3.6% 4.4% 4.2% 2,460
January
2023
3.4% 4.3% 4.3% 2,531
December
2022
3.5% 4.3% 4.5% 2,633
November
2022
3.6% 4.4% 4.5% 2,633

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.