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Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down To 4.5 Percent in June

07/22/2022

Jobs increase more than 21,000 from May

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

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 4.5 percent in June. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at 3.6 percent where it has been since March. The commonwealth's unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points below its June 2021 level and the national rate was down 2.3 percentage points over the year.

"The June jobs report shows Pennsylvania continuing down the road to recovery, marking the first time since September 2019 that we have been at 4.5 percent unemployment," said L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier. "The commonwealth and its residents are resilient, furthering job growth across various industries from trade, transportation and utilities to professional and business services. Some industries are even currently above their pre-pandemic level job totals, further contributing to Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to put the worst of the pandemic behind us."

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – increased 7,000 over the month. The employment count rose 17,000 (to 6,159,000) while resident unemployment declined 10,000 (to 288,000).

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were up 21,200 over the month to 5,950,900 in June. Jobs increased from May in seven of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in education & health services (+8,300). Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 211,300 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding 64,000 jobs. Three supersectors - trade, transportation & utilities; information; and professional & business services – were above their pre-pandemic job levels in June 2022.

From April 2020 through June 2022, Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 87% of jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic period.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Peterson, 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
 JuneMayJune      May 2022       June 2021
 202220222021volumepercentvolumepercent
PA       
Civilian Labor Force6,4476,4406,427    7  0.1%    20    0.3%
Employment6,1596,1426,004  17  0.3%  155    2.6%
Unemployment288298423 -10 -3.4% -135 -31.9%
Rate4.54.66.6
-0.1   ----  -2.1    ----
     
U.S.
    
Civilian Labor Force164,023164,376161,114-353 -0.2%  2,909
   1.8%
Employment158,111158,426151,612-315 -0.2%  6,499   4.3%
Unemployment5,9125,9509,502  -38 -0.6%
 -3,590-37.8%
Rate3.63.65.9   0.0   ----     -2.3
   ----

Note: July 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on August 19th, 2022.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
   Change from   Change from
JuneMayJune
     May 2022     June 2021
 202220222021volumepercentvolumepercent
Total Nonfarm Jobs5,950.95,929.75,739.6  21.2  0.4% 211.3  3.7%
 
Goods Producing Industries841.4838.7813.7    2.7
  0.3%   27.7
  3.4%
  Mining & Logging23.123.421.6   -0.3
 -1.3%     1.5  6.9%
  Construction257.2252.8251.9
    4.4  1.7%     5.3
  2.1%
  Manufacturing561.1562.5540.2  -1.4 -0.2%
   20.9  3.9%
Service Providing Industries
5,109.55,091.04,925.9  18.5
  0.4% 183.6
  3.7%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities1,152.31,149.11,098.6
    3.2  0.3%   53.7
  4.9%
  Information89.389.585.4   -0.2
 -0.2%     3.9  4.6%
  Financial Activities329.8330.2326.5   -0.4 -0.1%     3.3  1.0%
  Professional & Business Services821.6819.4796.8
    2.2
  0.3%   24.8  3.1%
  Education & Health Services1,260.01,251.71,233.7    8.3 
  0.7%   26.3  2.1%
  Leisure & Hospitality534.8530.8470.8    4.0  0.8%   64.013.6%
  Other Services244.6244.4233.9    0.2  0.1%   10.7
  4.6%
  Government677.1675.9680.2    1.2  0.2%    -3.1 -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 www.paworkstats.pa.gov.





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