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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2019 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Pennsylvania 4.2% +0.2 0.0
Altoona 4.5% +0.2 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 March 2010 at 5,283. There are now 2,538 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,173 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 572. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,745 +139 +233

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.5% 2,745
September
2019
3.5% 4.0% 4.3% 2,606
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 2,505
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 2,360
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 2,215
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 2,173
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 2,177
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 2,229
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 2,301
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 2,394
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 2,504

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.