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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Reading unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Pennsylvania 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Reading 3.6% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Reading, Pennsylvania, National

Reading, Pennsylvania monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Reading peaked in February 2010 at 19,586. There are now 11,879 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 7,707 -328 -1,661

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.6% 7,707
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 3.8% 8,035
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 9,079
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 8,893
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.3% 9,164
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 9,091
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 8,878
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 8,535
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.9% 8,188
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 7,720
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 8,750

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.