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03/10/2017

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.2% in January

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for January 2017. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from December to 5.2 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States, which increased one-tenth of a percentage point in January to 4.8 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 14,000 over the month to 6,440,000. Resident employment increased by 4,000 while the unemployment count declined by 19,000. January was the fifth consecutive month that posted both an increase in employment and a decrease in unemployment.
 
Total nonfarm jobs were up 15,300 to a record high of 5,931,600 in January. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs from December. The largest gain was in construction (+5,900), while the largest drop was in manufacturing (-2,700). Three supersectors – professional & business services, education & health services, and leisure & hospitality – reached record high job levels in January.
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 70,300 (+1.2%). Seven supersectors added jobs from last January. The largest increase over the past twelve months was in education & health services (+39,500), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-7,500).
 
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
 
Because the data included in each month’s press release (primarily civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs data) are sample based, the data are subject to revisions.  Once each year, estimates are adjusted to new levels based on additional or revised information collected after the initial release of the data (called a benchmark).  Additionally, seasonal adjustment factors for historical labor force and nonfarm jobs data are updated each year.  Revisions to the civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs series through 2016 have been completed and are reflected in this January news release. For a complete set of benchmarked data, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.workstats.dli.pa.gov.
 
 
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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
  January December January December 2016 January 2016
  2017 2016 2016 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,440 6,454 6,432 -14 -0.2% 8 0.1%
Employment 6,107 6,103 6,091 4 0.1% 16 0.3%
Unemployment 333 352 342 -19 -5.4% -9 -2.6%
Rate 5.2 5.4 5.3 -0.2 ---- -0.1 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 159,716 159,640 158,362 76 0.0% 1,354 0.9%
Employment 152,081 152,111 150,533 -30 0.0% 1,548 1.0%
Unemployment 7,635 7,529 7,829 106 1.4% -194 -2.5%
Rate 4.8 4.7 4.9 0.1 ---- -0.1 ----
Note: February 2017 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released  March 24, 2017.
 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
January December January December 2016 January 2016
2017 2016 2016 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,931.6 5,916.3 5,861.3 15.3 0.3% 70.3 1.2%
 
Goods Producing Industries 824.5 821.2 830.5 3.3 0.4% -6.0 -0.7%
  Mining & Logging 22.9 22.8 27.9 0.1 0.4% -5.0 -17.9%
  Construction 246.8 240.9 240.3 5.9 2.4% 6.5  2.7%
  Manufacturing 554.8 557.5 562.3 -2.7 -0.5% -7.5 -1.3%
Service Providing Industries 5,107.1 5,095.1 5,030.8 12.0 0.2% 76.3 1.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,130.8 1,125.9 1,125.3 4.9 0.4%  5.5 0.5%
  Information 84.9 85.2 84.6 -0.3 -0.4%  0.3 0.4%
  Financial Activities 316.6 317.9 316.9 -1.3 -0.4% -0.3 -0.1%
  Professional & Business Services 802.1 797.3 789.4 4.8 0.6% 12.7 1.6%
  Education & Health Services 1,243.8 1,242.5 1,204.3 1.3 0.1% 39.5 3.3%
  Leisure & Hospitality 566.0 565.1 551.9 0.9 0.2% 14.1 2.6%
  Other Services 261.4 258.1 256.2 3.3 1.3%  5.2 2.0%
  Government 701.5 703.1 702.2 -1.6 -0.2% -0.7 -0.1%
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: February 2017 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released  March 24, 2017.

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