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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 4.1% in January

Employed Residents Rises to Record High

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for January 2019. 

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 4.1 percent. The national rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. The Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point from January 2018.  

The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was up 10,000 over the month. The number of employed Pennsylvanians rose by 14,000 to a record high of 6,194,000. The number of unemployed residents was down 5,000 from December to its lowest level since it was matched in April 2007. Unemployment has not been lower since December 2000. 

The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was down 500 from December's record high to 6,030,200 in January. Highlights from this month's jobs report include: 

  • Total nonfarm jobs increased from December in six of the 11 industry supersectors.
  • The largest movement was a decline in education & health services, down from a record high.
  • Leisure & hospitality jobs rose to a record high level. 

Over the past 12 months, jobs increased 0.8 percent in the commonwealth with gains in seven of the 11 supersectors. Education & health services had the largest volume 12-month gain. Nationally, jobs were up 1.9 percent during this timeframe. 

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

Because the data included in each month's press release (primarily civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs data) are sample based, the data are subject to revisions.  Once each year, estimates are adjusted to new levels based on additional or revised information collected after the initial release of the data (called a benchmark).  Additionally, seasonal adjustment factors for historical labor force and nonfarm jobs data are updated each year.  Revisions to the civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs series through 2018 have been completed and are reflected in this January news release. For a complete set of benchmarked data, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit

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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
 JanuaryDecemberJanuaryDecember 2018January 2018
Civilian Labor Force6,4606,4506,403 10 0.2% 57 0.9%
Employment6,1946,1806,108 14 0.2% 86 1.4%
Civilian Labor Force163,229163,240161,123-11 0.0%2,106 1.3%
Employment156,694156,945154,482-251-0.2%2,212 1.4%
Unemployment6,5356,2946,641241 3.8%-106-1.6%
Rate4.03.94.1 0.1-----0.1----
Note: February 2019 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 22, 2019.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change fromChange from
JanuaryDecemberJanuaryDecember 2018January 2018
Total Nonfarm Jobs6,030.26,030.75,984.7-0.5 0.0%45.5 0.8%
Goods Producing Industries861.2860.2847.51.0 0.1%13.7 1.6%
  Mining & Logging29.129.327.9-0.2-0.7% 1.2 4.3%
  Construction261.9260.1253.2 1.8 0.7% 8.7 3.4%
  Manufacturing570.2570.8566.4-0.6-0.1% 3.8 0.7%
Service Providing Industries5,169.05,170.55,137.2-1.5 0.0%31.8 0.6%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,123.11,123.91,124.9-0.8-0.1%-1.8-0.2%
  Information84.884.585.2 0.3 0.4%-0.4-0.5%
  Financial Activities328.2327.7323.1 0.5  0.2% 5.1 1.6%
  Professional & Business Services804.1803.9805.3 0.2 0.0%-1.2-0.1%
  Education & Health Services1,289.61,292.71,261.7-3.1-0.2%27.9 2.2%
  Leisure & Hospitality577.1576.1574.4 1.0 0.2% 2.7 0.5%
  Other Services261.1260.3259.9 0.8 0.3% 1.2 0.5%
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
Note: February 2019 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 22, 2019.


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