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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Pennsylvania 6.6% -0.3 -6.4
Altoona 5.8% +0.2 -6.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 10,624. There are now 7,305 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,255 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 64. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 3,319 +64 -3,844

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 5.8% 3,319
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 5.6% 3,255
May
2021
5.8% 7.0% 5.6% 3,255
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 7.3% 6.3% 3,706
December
2020
6.7% 7.1% 6.1% 3,598
November
2020
6.7% 7.1% 6.2% 3,654
October
2020
6.9% 7.0% 6.3% 3,707
September
2020
7.8% 7.1% 6.3% 3,757

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.