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8/15/2014

PA Unemployment Rate at 5.7% in July

News for Immediate Release

Aug. 15, 2014

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for July 2014.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose in July to 5.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from June. This was the first gain in the state unemployment rate since June 2012. The commonwealth’s rate was five-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, which was also up one-tenth of a point in July. The state rate was down 1.8 percentage points from its July 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 32,000 in July to 6,371,000 due to a decline in resident employment (-35,000). Despite July’s decline, employment has been trending upward.  Pennsylvania’s employment has gone up 40,000 in the past year, and is up 21,000 so far in 2014. Unemployment, up 4,000, increased for the first time since August 2012.

Total nonfarm jobs decreased by 700 from June to 5,793,000. This decline followed gains in the previous three months which totaled 35,800. July’s drop was limited to private industry, down 3,400, as public sector jobs grew for the sixth consecutive month. The largest gain in July was in construction (+3,500), while the largest drop was in leisure & hospitality (-4,400).

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,100 (+0.9%). The growth was almost entirely within private industries, with the largest gains in construction and trade, transportation & utilities.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.

Media Contact:    Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530

Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

 

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)


                                                                                            Change from               Change from

                                          July          June            July            June 2014                   July 2013     

                                         2014          2014           2013        volume   percent         volume    percent

PA                                                                                                                                              

Civilian Labor Force           6,371         6,403          6,457            -32     -0.5%              -86        -1.3%

Employment                      6,011         6,046          5,971            -35     -0.6%               40         0.7%

Unemployment                     361           357             486               4      1.1%            -125      -25.7%

Rate                                     5.7            5.6              7.5            0.1          ----             -1.8             ----

                                                                                                                                                  

U.S.                                                                                                                                            

Civilian Labor Force       156,023     155,694       155,693           329      0.2%             330         0.2%

Employment                  146,352     146,221       144,285           131      0.1%          2,067         1.4%

Unemployment                  9,671         9,474        11,408           197      2.1%         -1,737      -15.2%

Rate                                     6.2            6.1              7.3            0.1          ----             -1.1             ----


 

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

                                                                                                          Change from      Change from

                                                           July            June           July          June 2014           July 2013

                                                           2014          2014          2013     volume percent   volume percent

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs                         5,793.0      5,793.7      5,738.9       -0.7      0.0%       54.1     0.9%

                                                                                                                                                     

Goods Producing Industries              837.6         832.2         824.3        5.4      0.6%       13.3     1.6%

  Mining & Logging                                38.1          37.8          36.0        0.3      0.8%         2.1     5.8%

  Construction                                     241.1         237.6         225.8        3.5      1.5%       15.3     6.8%

  Manufacturing                                   558.4         556.8         562.5        1.6      0.3%        -4.1    -0.7%

                                                                                                                                                      

Service Providing Industries           4,955.4      4,961.5      4,914.6       -6.1     -0.1%       40.8     0.8%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities       1,116.6      1,114.2      1,102.1        2.4      0.2%       14.5     1.3%

  Information                                         84.4          85.4          88.2       -1.0     -1.2%        -3.8    -4.3%

  Financial Activities                             316.3         317.8         312.4       -1.5     -0.5%         3.9     1.2%

  Professional & Business Services      757.8         759.7         752.2       -1.9     -0.3%         5.6     0.7%

  Education & Health Services           1,167.6      1,166.5      1,154.4        1.1      0.1%       13.2     1.1%

  Leisure & Hospitality                          540.8         545.2         533.9       -4.4     -0.8%         6.9     1.3%

  Other Services                                  254.4         257.9         251.9       -3.5     -1.4%         2.5     1.0%

  Government                                      717.5         714.8         719.5        2.7      0.4%        -2.0    -0.3%

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                   

For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the

Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.paworkstats.pa.gov

 

Note: August 2014 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released September 19, 2014.​

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