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Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Reading fell 3.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Pennsylvania rate. The unemployment rate in Reading peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Reading unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Pennsylvania 13.1% -3.0 +8.9
Reading 13.5% -3.7 +9.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 38,390. There are now 7,906 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Reading employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Reading, Pennsylvania) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Reading 30,484 -7,906 +21,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

Reading, Pennsylvania Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployment Rate
Reading
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 13.5% 30,484
April
2020
14.7% 16.1% 17.2% 38,390
March
2020
4.4% 5.8% 5.6% 12,174
February
2020
3.5% 4.7% 4.6% 10,110
January
2020
3.6% 4.7% 4.7% 10,147
December
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.8% 10,524
November
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.7% 10,365
October
2019
3.6% 4.6% 4.7% 10,163
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.6% 9,927
August
2019
3.7% 4.5% 4.5% 9,664
July
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.3% 9,389

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.