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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 8.7% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Pennsylvania 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Altoona 4.2% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 2,861 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,393 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 98. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,491 +98 -533

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.5%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 2,491
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 2,744
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 2,782
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.8% 2,866
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.9% 2,944
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 2,943
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.9% 2,953

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.