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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 0.0 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 Reading peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Reading 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
Reading 4.2% 0.0 -0.5
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: 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 10,878 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 8,708 -18 -1,279

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.5%
April
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 8,708
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 9,639
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 9,605
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.6% 9,691
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 9,739
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.5% 9,546
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.5% 9,520

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.