Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.3% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 3,800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ market rose by 4,200 jobs in September and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 120 bps to 3.3%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ unemployment rate is 2 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 220 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in September versus prior month by 2.7% 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 September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.8% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 94,500; +600
  • Education & Healthcare: 75,500; +1,100
  • Business Services: 51,300; no change
  • Manufacturing: 41,500; +200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 39,900; -2,400
  • Government: 39,000; +3,800
  • Construction, Mining: 14,800; no change
  • Financial Services: 14,100; -100
  • Other Jobs: 14,000; -200
  • IT & Development: 5,700; no change
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Unemployment by Industry September 2022

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

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.