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10/19/2018

Pennsylvania’s 4.1 Percent Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September

Total number of jobs reaches all-time high  

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for September 2018.
 
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate of 4.1 percent was unchanged from August and remained the lowest rate since July 2000. The Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by seven-tenths of a percentage point from September 2017.
 
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was up 15,000 over the month. The number of employed Pennsylvanians rose by 15,000 in September to a record high of 6,134,000. The number of unemployed residents was unchanged from August.
 
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, also reached an all-time high of 6,035,600 in September, up 7,700. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
 
·      Professional & business services and education & health services jobs rose to record highs
·      Jobs increased in five of the 11 industry supersectors over the month
·      Education & health services had the largest monthly gain of 6,600
 
Over the past 12 months, jobs increased 1.3 percent in the commonwealth with gains in eight of the 11 supersectors. Education & health services had the largest volume 12-month gain. Nationally, jobs were up 1.7 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 Theresa Elliott, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@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
  September August September August 2018 September 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,396 6,381 6,418 15 0.2% -22 -0.3%
Employment 6,134 6,119 6,110 15 0.2% 24 0.4%
Unemployment 262 262 308 0 0.0% -46 -14.9%
Rate 4.1 4.1 4.8 0.0 ---- -0.7 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 161,926 161,776 161,082 150 0.1% 844 0.5%
Employment 155,962 155,542 154,324 420 0.3% 1,638 1.1%
Unemployment 5,964 6,234 6,759 -270 -4.3% -795 -11.8%
Rate 3.7 3.9 4.2 -0.2 ---- -0.5 ----
Note: October 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released November 16, 2018.

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
September August September August 2018 September 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,035.6 6,027.9 5,956.9 7.7 0.1% 78.7 1.3%
 
Goods Producing Industries 848.1 845.2 839.1 2.9 0.3% 9.0 1.1%
  Mining & Logging 29.3 29.2 27.3 0.1 0.3% 2.0 7.3%
  Construction 253.8 250.1 249.8 3.7 1.5% 4.0 1.6%
  Manufacturing 565.0 565.9 562.0 -0.9 -0.2% 3.0 0.5%
Service Providing Industries 5,187.5 5,182.7 5,117.8 4.8 0.1% 69.7 1.4%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,128.1 1,130.5 1,128.4 -2.4 -0.2% -0.3 0.0%
  Information 80.9 81.0 82.3 -0.1 -0.1% -1.4 -1.7%
  Financial Activities 325.2 324.4 322.1 0.8 0.2% 3.1 1.0%
  Professional & Business Services 820.4 814.7 802.4 5.7 0.7% 18.0 2.2%
  Education & Health Services 1,289.5 1,282.9 1,251.2 6.6 0.5% 38.3 3.1%
  Leisure & Hospitality 575.2 578.2 566.2 -3.0 -0.5% 9.0 1.6%
  Other Services 264.7 264.7 260.6 0.0 0.0% 4.1 1.6%
  Government 703.5 706.3 704.6 -2.8 -0.4% -1.1 -0.2%
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: October 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released November 16, 2018.

 


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