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03/24/2017

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.0% in February

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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from January to 5.0 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States, which decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in February to 4.7 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 6,000 over the month to 6,434,000. Resident employment increased by 7,000 while the unemployment count declined by 12,000. February was the sixth consecutive month that posted both an increase in employment and a decrease in unemployment.
 
Pennsylvania’s nonfarm jobs count rose 12,500 to a record high of 5,941,600 in February. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs from January, led by education & health services (+9,600). The largest drop was in professional & business services (-6,100), which fell from a record high in January.
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent (+74,000) while nationally jobs were up 1.7 percent. Seven supersectors added jobs from last February. The largest increase over the past 12 months was in education & health services (+41,500), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-4,500).
 
 
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
 
February
January
February
January 2017
February 2016
 
2017
2017
2016
volume
percent
volume
percent
PA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Civilian Labor Force
6,434
6,440
6,438
-6
-0.1%
-4
-0.1%
Employment
6,114
6,107
6,092
7
0.1%
22
0.4%
Unemployment
321
333
346
-12
-3.6%
-25
-7.2%
Rate
5.0
5.2
5.4
-0.2
----
-0.4
----
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Civilian Labor Force
160,056
159,716
158,888
340
0.2%
1,168
0.7%
Employment
152,528
152,081
151,043
447
0.3%
1,485
1.0%
Unemployment
7,528
7,635
7,845
-107
-1.4%
-317
-4.0%
Rate
4.7
4.8
4.9
-0.1
----
-0.2
----
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
Change from
Change from
 
February
January
February
January 2017
February 2016
 
2017
2017
2016
volume
percent
volume
percent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Nonfarm Jobs
5,941.6
5,929.1
5,867.6
12.5
0.2%
74.0
1.3%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goods Producing Industries
829.2
824.9
827.5
4.3
0.5%
1.7
0.2%
  Mining & Logging
23.5
23.2
26.6
0.3
1.3%
-3.1
-11.7%
  Construction
248.6
247.1
239.3
1.5
0.6%
9.3
3.9%
  Manufacturing
557.1
554.6
561.6
2.5
0.5%
-4.5
-0.8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service Providing Industries
5,112.4
5,104.2
5,040.1
8.2
0.2%
72.3
1.4%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities
1,133.9
1,132.2
1,126.8
1.7
0.2%
7.1
0.6%
  Information
83.6
84.0
84.7
-0.4
-0.5%
-1.1
-1.3%
  Financial Activities
317.6
317.5
316.6
0.1
0.0%
1.0
0.3%
  Professional & Business Services
797.1
803.2
789.6
-6.1
-0.8%
7.5
0.9%
  Education & Health Services
1,249.5
1,239.9
1,208.0
9.6
0.8%
41.5
3.4%
  Leisure & Hospitality
571.1
565.7
555.8
5.4
1.0%
15.3
2.8%
  Other Services
260.8
261.3
256.5
-0.5
-0.2%
4.3
1.7%
  Government
698.8
700.4
702.1
-1.6
-0.2%
-3.3
-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.workstats.dli.pa.gov
 
Note: March 2017 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released April 21, 2017.

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