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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in April 2020 at 17.9% and is now 13.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Reading unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.1 -2.1
Reading 4.8% -0.2 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 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 April 2020 at 37,114. There are now 27,051 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 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 10,063 -327 -5,078

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.8% 10,063
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 5.0% 10,390
February
2022
3.8% 5.1% 5.3% 10,983
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 5.6% 11,679
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.8% 12,168
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.8% 12,115
October
2021
4.6% 5.6% 5.8% 12,243
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 6.1% 12,827
August
2021
5.2% 6.1% 6.4% 13,546
July
2021
5.4% 6.4% 6.7% 14,219
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 7.0% 14,700

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.