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12/21/2018

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 4.2 Percent in November

Number of employed Pennsylvanians reaches new record high

 
Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for November 2018.
 
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from October to 4.2 percent. This was the first over-the-month increase in the unemployment rate since July 2016. The Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point from November 2017.
 
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was up 21,000 over the month. The number of employed Pennsylvanians rose by 17,000 to a record high of 6,172,000. The number of unemployed residents was up 3,000 from October, but down 40,000 from last November.
 
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was down 5,400 in November to 6,055,500. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
 
·         Among the 11 industry supersectors, five showed gains over the month
·         Construction had the largest monthly gain, reaching its highest level since May 2008
·         The largest percentage gain was in mining & logging (+1.0 percent), which added jobs for the fifth straight month
 
Over the past 12 months, jobs increased 1.3 percent in the commonwealth with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Professional & business 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
  November October November October 2018 November 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,441 6,420 6,418 21 0.3% 23 0.4%
Employment 6,172 6,155 6,109 17 0.3% 63 1.0%
Unemployment 269 266 309 3 1.1% -40 -12.9%
Rate 4.2 4.1 4.8 0.1 ---- -0.6 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 162,770 162,637 160,533 133 0.1% 2,237 1.4%
Employment 156,795 156,562 153,917 233 0.1% 2,878 1.9%
Unemployment 5,975 6,075 6,616 -100 -1.6% -641 -9.7%
Rate 3.7 3.7 4.1 0.0 ---- -0.4 ----

 

 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
November October November October 2018 November 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,055.5 6,060.9 5,976.8 -5.4 -0.1% 78.7 1.3%
 
Goods Producing Industries 852.9 854.0 841.8 -1.1 -0.1% 11.1 1.3%
  Mining & Logging 30.3 30.0 27.6 0.3 1.0% 2.7 9.8%
  Construction 258.3 256.4 253.4 1.9 0.7% 4.9 1.9%
  Manufacturing 564.3 567.6 560.8 -3.3 -0.6% 3.5 0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,202.6 5,206.9 5,135.0 -4.3 -0.1% 67.6 1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,132.3 1,131.7 1,127.1 0.6 0.1% 5.2 0.5%
  Information 79.5 80.0 80.4 -0.5 -0.6% -0.9 -1.1%
  Financial Activities 328.4 328.0 322.2 0.4 0.1% 6.2 1.9%
  Professional & Business Services 831.8 831.9 809.4 -0.1 0.0% 22.4 2.8%
  Education & Health Services 1,287.2 1,292.0 1,265.7 -4.8 -0.4% 21.5 1.7%
  Leisure & Hospitality 578.5 578.6 568.0 -0.1 0.0% 10.5 1.8%
  Other Services 263.4 263.2 260.9 0.2 0.1% 2.5 1.0%
  Government 701.5 701.5 701.3 0.0 0.0% 0.2 0.0%

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