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01/22/2016

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.8% in December; Jobs Reach Record High

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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point in December to 4.8 percent, the lowest rate since February 2008. Pennsylvania’s rate fell below that of the United States, which was unchanged from November at 5.0 percent. The commonwealth’s rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from the December 2014 rate of 5.0 percent while the national rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point over the year.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up 18,000 in December to 6,446,000. Resident employment rose by 31,000 while the unemployment count declined by 15,000.
 
Total nonfarm jobs were up 9,800 in December to a record high of 5,863,500. Four supersectors added at least 2,000 jobs each. The largest gain was in leisure & hospitality (+3,700), which reached a record high. The largest drop was in construction (-2,500).
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 38,000 (+0.7%). All seven of the private service-providing supersectors added jobs from December 2014, while all three goods-producing supersectors and government declined. The largest increase from last year was in education & health services (+14,300), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-3,600).
 
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
  December November December November 2015 December 2014
  2015 2015 2014 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,446 6,428 6,352 18 0.3% 94 1.5%
Employment 6,139 6,108 6,033 31 0.5% 106 1.8%
Unemployment 306 321 319 -15 -4.7% -13 -4.1%
Rate 4.8 5.0 5.0 -0.2 ---- -0.2 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 157,833 157,367 156,142 466 0.3% 1,691 1.1%
Employment 149,929 149,444 147,439 485 0.3% 2,490 1.7%
Unemployment 7,904 7,924 8,704 -20 -0.3% -800 -9.2%
Rate 5.0 5.0 5.6 0.0 ---- -0.6 ----
               
               
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
December November December November 2015 December 2014
2015 2015 2014 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,863.5 5,853.7 5,825.5 9.8 0.2% 38.0 0.7%
 
Goods Producing Industries 833.3 833.9 840.7 -0.6 -0.1% -7.4 -0.9%
  Mining & Logging 34.5 34.6 37.8 -0.1 -0.3% -3.3 -8.7%
  Construction 231.6 234.1 232.1 -2.5 -1.1% -0.5 -0.2%
  Manufacturing 567.2 565.2 570.8 2.0 0.4% -3.6 -0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,030.2 5,019.8 4,984.8 10.4 0.2% 45.4 0.9%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,127.4 1,125.0 1,123.0 2.4 0.2% 4.4 0.4%
  Information 84.9 85.4 84.9 -0.5 -0.6% 0.0 0.0%
  Financial Activities 321.3 320.2 313.7 1.1 0.3% 7.6 2.4%
  Professional & Business Services 772.2 769.8 762.4 2.4 0.3% 9.8 1.3%
  Education & Health Services 1,204.9 1,205.2 1,190.6 -0.3 0.0% 14.3 1.2%
  Leisure & Hospitality 556.2 552.5 546.2 3.7 0.7% 10.0 1.8%
  Other Services 256.8 256.4 255.6 0.4 0.2% 1.2 0.5%
  Government 706.5 705.3 708.4 1.2 0.2% -1.9 -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: January 2016 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 4, 2016.
 
 

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