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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 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 February 2010 at 8.7% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Altoona 4.3% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 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 February 2010 at 5,352. There are now 2,749 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,272 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 331. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,603 +8 -179

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 2,603
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 2,595
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.4% 2,633
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 2,597
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.2% 2,514
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.8% 2,272
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 2,495
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.1% 2,393
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 2,504
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 2,523
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 2,685

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.