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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 4.6 Percent in May


Jobs continue to rise with gains in 9 of the 11 supersectors

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for May 2022.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 4.6 percent in May. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at 3.6 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points below its May 2021 level while the national rate was down 2.2 percentage points over the year.

"The jobs report for May reflects the will of Pennsylvanians to reclaim some of what the pandemic has taken from us, as our unemployment rate continues to fall amidst a national rate that remains unchanged this month. The commonwealth continues to see job growth across various industries from education to leisure and hospitality, with some industries currently above their pre-pandemic level job totals," said L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier. "This is the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania since it was matched in October 2019, months before the pandemic began."

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – increased 30,000 over the month. The employment count rose 40,000 (to 6,142,000) while resident unemployment declined 10,000 (to 298,000).

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 6,900 over the month to 5,925,500 in May. Jobs increased from April in nine of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in education & health services (+7,400). Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 201,600 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding 69,900 jobs. Three supersectors - trade, transportation & utilities; information; and professional & business services – were above their pre-pandemic job levels in May 2022.

From April 2020 through May 2022, Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 85% of the jobs that were lost in the first two months of the pandemic period.

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. May data are preliminary and subject to revision.

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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
    April 2022    May 2021
Civilian Labor Force6,4406,4106,435
 0.5%     5
Employment6,1426,1026,004  40 0.7% 138   2.3%
Rate  ---- -2.1   ----
Civilian Labor Force164,376164,046160,801 330 0.2% 3,575   2.2%
Employment158,426158,105151,550 321 0.2% 6,876   4.5%
    9 0.2%-3,301
Rate3.63.65.8 0.0  ----    -2.2   ----

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
 Change from  Change from
MayAprilMay   April 2022    May 2021
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,925.55,918.65,723.96.90.1%201.63.5%
Goods Producing Industries837.6836.5814.91.10.1%22.7 2.8%
  Mining & Logging23.423. 6.8%
  Manufacturing562.7562.3540.00.40.1%22.7 4.2%
Service Providing Industries5,087.95,082.14,909.05.80.1%178.9 3.6%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,143.41,151.61,097.3-8.2-0.7%
90.690.184.6 0.5
    6.0 7.1%
  Financial Activities330.6330.1327.2 0.5 0.2%    3.4 1.0%
  Professional & Business Services820.0821.2795.1-1.2-0.1%  24.9 3.1%
  Education & Health Services1,250.71,243.31,233.9 7.4 0.6%  16.8 1.4%
  Leisure & Hospitality531.5527.3461.6 4.2
 0.8%  69.915.1%
  Other Services245.0243.1233.4 1.9 0.8%  11.6 5.0%
  Government676.1675.4675.9 0.7 0.1%    0.2 0.0%
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: June 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on July 22nd, 2022.

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