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09/21/2018

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 4.1 Percent in August

Unemployment rate i​s commonwealth’s lowest in 18 years

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for August 2018.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from July to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since July 2000. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by seven-tenths of a percentage point.

The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was up 9,000 over the month as the unemployment count declined by 5,000 while employment increased by 14,000. This was the third consecutive month that saw employment rise and unemployment fall. Over the year, the civilian labor force was down 38,000 with the decrease attributable to unemployment which was down 45,000 from last August while employment was up 7,000.

The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was the second highest nonfarm job level on record, down 4,900 to 6,018,500 in August. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:

 

·       Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.1 percent from August 2017

·       Jobs increased in three of the 11 industry supersectors over the month

·       Education & health services jobs rose to a record high

 

Over the year, jobs increased in eight supersectors in the commonwealth with education & health services showing the largest gain. Nationally, jobs were up 1.6 percent during this timeframe.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Penny Ickes or Lindsay Bracale, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov

Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.


Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

 
        Change from Change from
  August July August July 2018 August 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,380 6,371 6,418 9 0.1% -38 -0.6%
Employment 6,118 6,104 6,111 14 0.2% 7 0.1%
Unemployment 262 267 307 -5 -1.9% -45 -14.7%
Rate 4.1 4.2 4.8 -0.1 ---- -0.7 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 161,776 162,245 160,598 -469 -0.3% 1,178 0.7%
Employment 155,542 155,965 153,471 -423 -0.3% 2,071 1.3%
Unemployment 6,234 6,280 7,127 -46 -0.7% -893 -12.5%
Rate 3.9 3.9 4.4 0.0 ---- -0.5 ----

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment


Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)


Change from Change from
August July August July 2018 August 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,018.5 6,023.4 5,953.1 -4.9 -0.1% 65.4 1.1%
 
Goods Producing Industries 844.4 846.6 838.4 -2.2 -0.3% 6.0 0.7%
  Mining & Logging 29.1 28.8 27.2 0.3 1.0% 1.9 7.0%
  Construction 249.7 251.6 249.7 -1.9 -0.8% 0.0 0.0%
  Manufacturing 565.6 566.2 561.5 -0.6 -0.1% 4.1 0.7%
Service Providing Industries 5,174.1 5,176.8 5,114.7 -2.7 -0.1% 59.4 1.2%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.9 1,128.3 1,126.5 3.6 0.3% 5.4 0.5%
  Information 80.4 81.2 83.2 -0.8 -1.0% -2.8 -3.4%
  Financial Activities 324.0 325.5 321.5 -1.5 -0.5% 2.5 0.8%
  Professional & Business Services 811.1 813.7 801.5 -2.6 -0.3% 9.6 1.2%
  Education & Health Services 1,279.2 1,276.2 1,246.5 3.0 0.2% 32.7 2.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality 579.5 580.9 566.9 -1.4 -0.2% 12.6 2.2%
  Other Services 264.7 266.0 261.1 -1.3 -0.5% 3.6 1.4%
  Government 703.3 705.0 707.5 -1.7 -0.2% -4.2 -0.6%


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: September 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released October 19, 2018.​

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