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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 13.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Pennsylvania 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Altoona 4.5% -0.8 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 10,624. There are now 8,099 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,525 -501 -1,129

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 4.5% 2,525
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 5.3% 3,026
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 5.2% 2,977
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 6.0% 3,429
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 5.8% 3,333
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 5.6% 3,255
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 5.6% 3,255
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.5% 3,821
March
2021
6.0% 7.3% 6.5% 3,821
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 6.5% 3,806
January
2021
6.4% 7.3% 6.3% 3,706

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.