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Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Altoona fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Altoona peaked in February 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Altoona unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Altoona 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2019 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 March 2010 at 5,283. There are now 3,109 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Altoona employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Altoona 2,174 -55 -316

Number of Unemployed Persons

Altoona, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployment Rate
Altoona
Unemployed
May
2019
3.6%
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 2,174
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
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 2,505
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 2,512
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 2,537
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.3% 2,562
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.3% 2,572
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.3% 2,560

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.