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01/20/2017

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.6% in December

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for December 2016. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from November to 5.6 percent.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 19,000 over the month to 6,510,000. Resident employment decreased by 12,000 and the unemployment count declined by 7,000.
 
Total nonfarm jobs were down 1,200 to 5,900,100 in December. Seven of the eleven supersectors had drops. The largest volume movement was in professional & business services (-6,200), which declined from a record high in November.
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 32,000 (+0.5%). Seven supersectors added jobs from last December. The largest increase over the past twelve months was in education & health services (+23,500), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-7,600).  
 
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 2016 December 2015
  2016 2016 2015 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,510 6,529 6,437 -19 -0.3% 73  1.1%
Employment 6,144 6,156 6,137 -12 -0.2% 7  0.1%
Unemployment 366 373 300 -7 -1.9% 66 22.0%
Rate 5.6 5.7 4.7 -0.1 ---- 0.9 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 159,640 159,456 157,957 184 0.1% 1,683  1.1%
Employment 152,111 152,048 150,030 63 63 0.0% 2,081  1.4%
Unemployment 7,529 7,409 7,927 120 1.6% -398 -5.0%
Rate 4.7 4.6 5.0 0.1 ---- -0.3 ----
Note: January 2017 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 10, 2017.

 

  

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
   Change from    Change from
December November December November 2016 December 2015
2016 2016 2015 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,900.1 5,901.3 5,868.1 -1.2 0.0%  32.0    0.5%
 
Goods Producing Industries 825.8 818.3 828.8 7.5 0.9% -3.0  -0.4%
  Mining & Logging 23.1 23.2 30.7 -0.1 -0.4% -7.6 -24.8%
  Construction 235.6 233.4 231.7 2.2 0.9%  3.9    1.7%
  Manufacturing 567.1 561.7 566.4 5.4 1.0%  0.7    0.1%
Service Providing Industries 5,074.3 5,083.0 5,039.3 -8.7 -0.2% 35.0    0.7%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,130.3 1,136.2 1,130.2 -5.9 -0.5%  0.1    0.0%
  Information 82.5 84.5 85.6 -2.0 -2.4% -3.1  -3.6%
  Financial Activities 319.6 317.3 315.8 2.3 0.7%  3.8    1.2%
  Professional & Business Services 789.0 795.2 778.3 -6.2 -0.8% 10.7    1.4%
  Education & Health Services 1,229.7 1,226.2 1,206.2 3.5 0.3% 23.5    1.9%
  Leisure & Hospitality 563.9 564.1 557.5 -0.2 0.0%  6.4    1.1%
  Other Services 257.1 257.2 258.9 -0.1 0.0% -1.8  -0.7%
  Government 702.2 702.3 706.8 -0.1 0.0% -4.6  -0.7%
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.workstats.dli.pa.gov
Note: January 2017 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released  March 10, 2017.

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