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Reading, PA: Nonfarm employment and labor force data

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Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics program
(not seasonally adjusted data, all employees, in thousands)
Sector
Reading, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Avg

Total Nonfarm

2023

176.8 177.5 178.4 179.6 180.3 178.4 177.3 177.7 180.4 181.1 182.1 182.0 179.3

2024

177.5 178.7 179.1 (p)179.9                  

Mining, Logging, & Construction

2023

7.6 7.6 7.7 8.0 8.1 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.3 8.3 8.1 8.0 8.1

2024

7.6 7.6 7.7 (p)7.9                  

Manufacturing

2023

31.3 31.4 31.5 31.6 31.6 31.7 31.7 31.8 31.7 31.6 31.6 31.7 31.6

2024

31.7 31.6 31.6 (p)31.6                  

Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

2023

35.1 34.5 34.6 34.6 34.5 34.6 34.3 34.4 34.3 34.8 35.6 35.8 34.8

2024

34.4 34.1 34.0 (p)34.1                  

Information

2023

1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1

2024

1.0 1.0 1.0 (p)1.0                  

Financial Activities

2023

6.9 6.9 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.9 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.9

2024

6.8 6.8 6.8 (p)6.8                  

Professional & Business Services

2023

22.7 22.6 22.7 22.7 23.1 22.3 22.0 22.2 23.2 23.3 23.2 23.0 22.8

2024

22.3 22.3 22.3 (p)22.4                  

Educational & Health Services

2023

31.5 31.7 32.0 32.0 32.0 31.5 31.7 31.9 32.7 32.9 33.2 33.1 32.2

2024

32.9 33.2 33.2 (p)33.3                  

Leisure & Hospitality

2023

14.2 14.3 14.5 15.0 15.4 15.8 15.8 15.3 14.7 14.6 14.6 14.6 14.9

2024

14.3 14.4 14.6 (p)15.0                  

Other Services

2023

7.6 7.6 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.8 7.7

2024

7.8 7.7 7.8 (p)7.7                  

Government

2023

18.8 19.8 19.7 19.9 19.8 18.3 17.6 17.9 20.0 20.1 20.3 20.1 19.4

2024

18.7 20.0 20.1 (p)20.1                  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Labor Force data from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program
(not seasonally adjusted data)

Reading, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Avg

Labor Force

2023

(t)213,189 (t)212,939 (t)213,067 (t)213,643 (t)215,417 (t)215,846 (t)216,371 (t)217,511 (t)215,851 (t)216,300 (t)216,312 (t)214,016 (t)215,039

2024

213,913 215,698 216,215 (p)215,921                  

Employment

2023

(t)204,973 (t)204,359 (t)205,765 (t)207,380 (t)208,380 (t)207,759 (t)208,214 (t)208,197 (t)208,954 (t)209,265 (t)209,789 (t)207,656 (t)207,558

2024

206,234 207,422 208,591 (p)209,619                  

Unemployment

2023

(t)8,216 (t)8,580 (t)7,302 (t)6,263 (t)7,037 (t)8,087 (t)8,157 (t)9,314 (t)6,897 (t)7,035 (t)6,523 (t)6,360 (t)7,481

2024

7,679 8,276 7,624 (p)6,302                  

Unemployment Rate

2023

(t)3.9 (t)4.0 (t)3.4 (t)2.9 (t)3.3 (t)3.7 (t)3.8 (t)4.3 (t)3.2 (t)3.3 (t)3.0 (t)3.0 (t)3.5

2024

3.6 3.8 3.5 (p)2.9                  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(t) Data were subject to revision on April 19, 2024.

The Reading, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Berks County in Pennsylvania.