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PA Unemployment Rate Dips to 6.0% in March

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April 18, 2014

PA Unemployment Rate Dips to 6.0% in March

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

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point in March to 6.0 percent, the lowest rate since October 2008. The commonwealth’s rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate, which was unchanged from February at 6.7 percent. The state rate was down 1.7 percentage points from its March 2013 rate of 7.7 percent.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work –increased by 12,000 in March to 6,442,000.  Resident employment was up 19,000, the third consecutive gain exceeding 10,000. The number of unemployed residents, which trended downward for the eighth consecutive month, was down by 8,000 in March to 390,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were down by 8,400 in March to 5,758,900. The decline was concentrated in the private sector, as government jobs remained at their February level. The largest drop was in professional & business services (-5,000), which fell below the record high level set in February. Leisure & hospitality, financial activities (-2,200), and education & health services (-2,000) also each had declines of 2,000 or more jobs. Trade, transportation & utilities (+1,700) and other services (+1,200) showed significant growth in March. Manufacturing, up 1,300, added jobs following four consecutive monthly declines.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 17,200 (+0.3%). The growth was primarily within private service-providing industries. The largest gains were in leisure & hospitality (+14,300) and professional & business services (+5,700).

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

March                              February  March           February 2014                                      March 2013

2014                                  2014           2013          volume       percent   volume          percent

PA

Civilian Labor Force            6,442          6,430         6,488               12        0.2%               -46        -0.7%

Employment                       6,052          6,033         5,991               19        0.3%                61         1.0%

Unemployment                      390             398           496               -8       -2.0%             -106      -21.4%

Rate                                       6.0              6.2            7.7             -0.2           ----              -1.7             ----

 

U.S.

Civilian Labor Force         156,227       155,724     155,099             503        0.3%            1,128         0.7%

Employment                    145,742       145,266     143,393             476        0.3%            2,349         1.6%

Unemployment                  10,486        10,459       11,706               27        0.3%           -1,220      -10.4%

Rate                                       6.7              6.7            7.5              0.0           ----              -0.8             ----

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

Change from                                    Change from

March                                              February   March           February 2014                           March 2013

2014                                                  2014           2013          volume     percent    volume   percent

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs                        5,758.9       5,767.3      5,741.7           -8.4     -0.1%         17.2      0.3%

 

Goods Producing Industries             826.6          826.2         826.7            0.4      0.0%          -0.1      0.0%

Mining & Logging                                36.4            36.8          35.9           -0.4     -1.1%           0.5      1.4%

Construction                                      229.5          230.0         226.0           -0.5     -0.2%           3.5      1.5%

Manufacturing                                    560.7          559.4         564.8            1.3      0.2%          -4.1     -0.7%

 

Service Providing Industries          4,932.3       4,941.1      4,915.0           -8.8     -0.2%         17.3      0.4%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities        1,105.6       1,103.9      1,102.2            1.7      0.2%           3.4      0.3%

Information                                          87.1            87.0          88.9            0.1      0.1%          -1.8     -2.0%

Financial Activities                             313.6          315.8         311.7           -2.2     -0.7%           1.9      0.6%

Professional & Business Services       752.1          757.1         746.4           -5.0     -0.7%           5.7      0.8%

Education & Health Services            1,160.0       1,162.0      1,158.2           -2.0     -0.2%           1.8      0.2%

Leisure & Hospitality                          547.2          549.8         532.9           -2.6     -0.5%         14.3      2.7%

Other Services                                   253.5          252.3         251.9            1.2      0.5%           1.6      0.6%

Government                                       713.2          713.2         722.8            0.0      0.0%          -9.6     -1.3%

 

 

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: April 2014 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released May 16, 2014.​

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