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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in December 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Reading unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Pennsylvania 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Reading 3.8% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 19,337. There are now 11,155 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,940 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 242. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 8,182 +239 -581

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.9%
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 8,182
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 7,943
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 7,940
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 7,962
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 8,154
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 8,389
January
2019
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 8,613
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 8,861
November
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 8,873
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 8,871

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.