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01/18/2019

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 4.2% in December

Total Nonfarm Jobs Reaches New Record High

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for December 2018.
 
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November at 4.2 percent. The national rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in December. The Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point from December 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 16,000 to a record high of 6,188,000. The number of unemployed residents was up 5,000 from November, but down 36,000 from last December.
 
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 13,200 from November to a record high of 6,068,400. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
 
·       Total nonfarm jobs increased 11 times in 2018
·       Among the 11 industry supersectors, six showed jobs increases from November
·       The two largest supersector movements - education & health services (+8,800) and leisure & hospitality (+6,900) - both resulted in record high levels
 
Over the past 12 months, jobs increased 1.2 percent in the commonwealth with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Education & health services had the largest volume 12-month gain. Nationally, jobs were up 1.8 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
  December November December November 2018 December 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,462 6,441 6,418 21 0.3% 44 0.7%
Employment 6,188 6,172 6,108 16 0.3% 80 1.3%
Unemployment 274 269 310 5 1.9% -36 -11.6%
Rate 4.2 4.2 4.8 0.0 ---- -0.6 ----
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 163,240 162,821 160,636 419 0.3% 2,604 1.6%
Employment 156,945 156,803 154,065 142 0.1% 2,880 1.9%
Unemployment 6,294 6,018 6,572 276 4.6% -278 -4.2%
Rate 3.9 3.7 4.1 0.2 ---- -0.2 ----

 

 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
 
Change from Change from
December November December November 2018 December 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,068.4 6,055.2 5,993.6 13.2 0.2% 74.8 1.2%
 
Goods Producing Industries 854.0 853.1 846.7 0.9 0.1% 7.3 0.9%
  Mining & Logging 30.7 30.3 27.9 0.4 1.3% 2.8 10.0%
  Construction 257.1 258.3 256.2 -1.2 -0.5% 0.9 0.4%
  Manufacturing 566.2 564.5 562.6 1.7 0.3% 3.6 0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,214.4 5,202.1 5,146.9 12.3 0.2% 67.5 1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,129.6 1,132.9 1,128.2 -3.3 -0.3% 1.4 0.1%
  Information 78.9 79.1 81.4 -0.2 -0.3% -2.5 -3.1%
  Financial Activities 327.2 327.7 322.5 -0.5 -0.2% 4.7 1.5%
  Professional & Business Services 829.2 829.8 809.5 -0.6 -0.1% 19.7 2.4%
  Education & Health Services 1,295.2 1,288.3 1,270.0 6.9 0.5% 25.2 2.0%
  Leisure & Hospitality 589.4 580.6 572.9 8.8 1.5% 16.5 2.9%
  Other Services 263.1 263.0 262.7 0.1 0.0% 0.4 0.2%
  Government 701.8 700.7 699.7 1.1 0.2% 2.1 0.3%

 

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: January 2019 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 8, 2019.

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