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07/22/2016

PA Unemployment Rate at 5.6% in June

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

 
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from May to 5.6 percent. Pennsylvania’s rate remained above that of the United States, which was up two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9 percent. The commonwealth’s rate was up one-half of a percentage point since June 2015 while the national rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point over the year.
 
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 4,000 from May’s record high level to 6,537,000. Resident employment declined by 7,000 while the unemployment count increased by 3,000.
 
Total nonfarm jobs rose 20,000 to 5,893,400 in June. Nine of the 11 supersectors added jobs from May. The largest gain was in information (+5,200) following the end of the strike at Verizon. The only two supersectors to decline were mining & logging and trade, transportation & utilities.
 
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 62,700 (+1.1%). Seven of the 11 supersectors added jobs from last June, and of the four that declined, only one was down by more than 400. The largest increase from last year was in education & health services (+25,900), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-9,300).
 
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
  June May June May 2016 June 2015
  2016 2016 2015 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,537 6,541 6,421 -4 -0.1% 116 1.8%
Employment 6,173 6,180 6,093 -7 -0.1% 80 1.3%
Unemployment 364 361 327 3 0.8% 37 11.3%
Rate 5.6 5.5 5.1 0.1 ---- 0.5 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 158,880 158,466 156,984 414 0.3% 1,896 1.2%
Employment 151,097 151,030 148,722 67 0.0% 2,375 1.6%
Unemployment 7,783 7,436 8,262 347 4.7% -479 -5.8%
Rate 4.9 4.7 5.3 0.2 ---- -0.4 ----
1 Change from December 2007
Note: July 2016 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 19, 2016.
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
June May June May 2016 June 2015
2016 2016 2015 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,893.4 5,873.4 5,830.7 20.0 0.3% 62.7 1.1%
 
Goods Producing Industries 828.7 824.1 838.5 4.6 0.6% -9.8 -1.2%
  Mining & Logging 25.1 25.7 34.4 -0.6 -2.3% -9.3 -27.0%
  Construction 235.5 232.1 235.6 3.4 1.5% -0.1 0.0%
  Manufacturing 568.1 566.3 568.5 1.8 0.3% -0.4 -0.1%
Service Providing Industries 5,064.7 5,049.3 4,992.2 15.4 0.3% 72.5 1.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,132.8 1,133.4 1,123.9 -0.6 -0.1% 8.9 0.8%
  Information 88.4 83.2 85.2 5.2 6.3% 3.2 3.8%
  Financial Activities 316.7 316.4 316.8 0.3 0.1% -0.1 0.0%
  Professional & Business Services 787.7 787.5 773.9 0.2 0.0% 13.8 1.8%
  Education & Health Services 1,215.9 1,214.6 1,190.0 1.3 0.1% 25.9 2.2%
  Leisure & Hospitality 556.8 554.4 544.5 2.4 0.4% 12.3 2.3%
  Other Services 260.1 255.1 255.8 5.0 2.0% 4.3 1.7%
  Government 706.3 704.7 702.1 1.6 0.2% 4.2 0.6%
1 Change from December 2007
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: July 2016 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 19, 2016.

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