Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.4% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 3,800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ market rose by 1,780 jobs in July and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate decreased by 5 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ unemployment rate is 62 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 260 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in July versus prior month by 1.1% and are down 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 July 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.3%. Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 94,400; +400
  • Education & Healthcare: 74,200; +300
  • Business Services: 51,200; +400
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 42,500; +1,300
  • Manufacturing: 41,400; no change
  • Government: 35,100; -3,800
  • Construction, Mining: 14,800; -100
  • Other Jobs: 14,500; +200
  • Financial Services: 14,100; no change
  • IT & Development: 5,700; no change
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Unemployment by Industry July 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through July 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on September 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.