Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.5% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which lost 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ market rose by 660 jobs in August and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ unemployment rate is 71 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 200 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 1.9% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.1%. Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 94,200; no change
  • Education & Healthcare: 74,500; +300
  • Business Services: 51,300; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 41,800; -400
  • Manufacturing: 41,300; -200
  • Government: 35,200; +100
  • Construction, Mining: 14,700; -200
  • Other Jobs: 14,300; -100
  • Financial Services: 14,100; no change
  • IT & Development: 5,700; no change
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.