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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Reading unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 -0.7
Reading 4.3% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 10,450 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,720 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,416. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 9,136 +45 -469

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 9,136
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 9,091
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 8,878
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 8,535
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 3.9% 8,188
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.7% 7,720
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 8,750
March
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 8,726
February
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 9,368
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 9,264
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 9,543

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.