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12/18/2015

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.0% in November

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for November 2015.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.0 percent in November. Pennsylvania’s rate matched that of the United States, which was unchanged from October. The commonwealth’s rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the November 2014 rate of 5.1 percent, while the national rate declined by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the year.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up 14,000 in November to 6,429,000. Resident employment rose by 23,000 while the unemployment count declined by 9,000.
 
Total nonfarm jobs were down 3,400 in November to 5,856,000. Despite the decline, seven of the 11 supersectors added jobs from October. The largest drop was a decline of 5,000 in leisure & hospitality, which fell from a record high in October. The largest gain was in education & health services, which rose 2,800 to a record high.
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 39,800 (+0.7%). All seven of the private service-providing supersectors added jobs from November 2014, while all three goods-producing supersectors and government declined.
 
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
 
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Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  November October November October 2015 November 2014
  2015 2015 2014 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,429 6,415 6,352 14 0.2% 77 1.2%
Employment 6,108 6,085 6,029 23 0.4% 79 1.3%
Unemployment 321 330 323 -9 -2.7% -2 -0.6%
Rate 5.0 5.1 5.1 -0.1 ---- -0.1 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 157,301 157,028 156,402 273 0.2% 899 0.6%
Employment 149,364 149,120 147,331 244 0.2% 2,033 1.4%
Unemployment 7,938 7,909 9,072 29 0.4% -1,134 -12.5%
Rate 5.0 5.0 5.8 0.0 ---- -0.8 ----
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
November October November October 2015 November 2014
2015 2015 2014 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,856.0 5,859.4 5,816.2 -3.4 -0.1% 39.8 0.7%
 
Goods Producing Industries 834.2 838.8 842.3 -4.6 -0.5% -8.1 -1.0%
  Mining & Logging 34.7 35.0 37.9 -0.3 -0.9% -3.2 -8.4%
  Construction 234.3 238.9 235.8 -4.6 -1.9% -1.5 -0.6%
  Manufacturing 565.2 564.9 568.6 0.3 0.1% -3.4 -0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,021.8 5,020.6 4,973.9 1.2 0.0% 47.9 1.0%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,126.2 1,125.6 1,116.7 0.6 0.1% 9.5 0.9%
  Information 86.4 86.3 84.6 0.1 0.1% 1.8 2.1%
  Financial Activities 319.6 320.0 313.3 -0.4 -0.1% 6.3 2.0%
  Professional & Business Services 770.6 770.0 762.2 0.6 0.1% 8.4 1.1%
  Education & Health Services 1,205.7 1,202.9 1,188.7 2.8 0.2% 17.0 1.4%
  Leisure & Hospitality 551.1 556.1 544.0 -5.0 -0.9% 7.1 1.3%
  Other Services 256.5 254.5 255.3 2.0 0.8% 1.2 0.5%
  Government 705.7 705.2 709.1 0.5 0.1% -3.4 -0.5%
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: December 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released January 22, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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