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PA Unemployment Rate in June unchanged at 5.6%; Private Jobs at Record High

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July 18, 2014

PA Unemployment Rate in June unchanged at 5.6%; Private Jobs at Record High

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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. The commonwealth’s rate was five-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.1 percent, which was down two-tenths of a point from May. The state rate was down 1.9 percentage points from its June 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 28,000 in June to 6,403,000 due to declines in both employment and unemployment. Resident employment, down 22,000, was down for the second month in a row following eight consecutive gains while unemployment (-6,000) declined for the 11th straight month.

Total nonfarm jobs increased by 1,800 in June to 5,789,700, the highest level since September 2008. The majority of the gain was within the private sector, which added 5,600 jobs to a record high of 5,079,400. Public sector jobs declined by 3,800. The largest gain in June was in trade, transportation & utilities (+5,300), with about half of that gain due to retail trade.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 56,700 (+1.0%). The growth was almost entirely within private industries, with the largest gains in education & health services and construction.

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

                                            June         May           June                May 2014                 June 2013        

                                            2014        2014           2013         volume    percent       volume      percent

PA                                                                                                                                                  

Civilian Labor Force            6,403         6,431         6,465               -28       -0.4%              -62        -1.0%

Employment                       6,046         6,068         5,978               -22       -0.4%               68         1.1%

Unemployment                      357           363           486                 -6       -1.7%            -129      -26.5%

Rate                                      5.6            5.6            7.5               0.0           ----             -1.9             ----

                                                                                                                                                       

U.S.                                                                                                                                                 

Civilian Labor Force         155,694     155,613     155,822                81        0.1%            -128        -0.1%

Employment                   146,221     145,814     144,075              407        0.3%          2,146         1.5%

Unemployment                   9,474         9,799       11,747             -325       -3.3%         -2,273      -19.3%

Rate                                      6.1            6.3            7.5              -0.2           ----             -1.4             ----

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

                                                                                                            Change from        Change from

                                                           June          May          June          May 2014           June 2013

                                                           2014          2014          2013     volume percent     volume percent

                                                                                                                                                       

Total Nonfarm Jobs                         5,789.7      5,787.9      5,733.0         1.8     0.0%         56.7     1.0%

                                                                                                                                                      

Goods Producing Industries              834.0         832.5         825.4         1.5     0.2%           8.6     1.0%

  Mining & Logging                                37.9          37.4          35.9         0.5     1.3%           2.0     5.6%

  Construction                                      238.8         236.1         225.8         2.7     1.1%         13.0     5.8%

  Manufacturing                                   557.3         559.0         563.7        -1.7    -0.3%          -6.4    -1.1%

                                                                                                                                                       

Service Providing Industries           4,955.7      4,955.4      4,907.6         0.3     0.0%         48.1     1.0%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities       1,112.4      1,107.1      1,101.6         5.3     0.5%         10.8     1.0%

  Information                                         85.8          85.8          87.6         0.0     0.0%          -1.8    -2.1%

  Financial Activities                             317.8         315.2         312.6         2.6     0.8%           5.2     1.7%

  Professional & Business Services      756.3         761.8         750.8        -5.5    -0.7%           5.5     0.7%

  Education & Health Services           1,170.7      1,169.0      1,153.0         1.7     0.1%         17.7     1.5%

  Leisure & Hospitality                          544.3         547.0         533.1        -2.7    -0.5%         11.2     2.1%

  Other Services                                   258.1         255.4         252.8         2.7     1.1%           5.3     2.1%

  Government                                      710.3         714.1         716.1        -3.8    -0.5%          -5.8    -0.8%

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                   

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: July 2014 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 15, 2014.

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