January Jobs Numbers and Annual Revisions Indicate PA Added 117,900 Private-Sector Jobs during Corbett Administration

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry today released January 2013 jobs numbers along with annual benchmark revisions that indicate more private sector jobs were added than previously reported.

Benchmarking is the annual process of replacing monthly job number estimates, which are released each month, with actual employer-reported data.

Including benchmark revisions, January job numbers show 117,900 private-sector jobs were added to the Pennsylvania economy from January 2011 through January 2013. 

"This increase in private sector jobs is great news for the state," said Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway. "This is strong evidence that our economy continues on a solid path of growth."

Private sector jobs were up 7,800 over the month, with the largest increase from December being jobs in education and health services. Over the year, private sector jobs were up 39,300 and total private sector jobs reached 5,029,600 in January.

Pennsylvania's January 2013 unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, while the labor force continued to grow reaching a total of 6,552,000, the highest it has been in Pennsylvania history.

"A growing labor force means people have confidence in Pennsylvania's economy and their chances of finding a job," Hearthway said. "While this growth can also cause a change in our unemployment rate, it is a critical sign of a healthy economy because more people are actively looking for work."

The benchmark estimates released today indicate that Pennsylvania added 4,000 more private sector jobs in 2012 than originally estimated. Public sector jobs decreased by 8,100 more than originally estimated in 2012. 

"The benchmark revisions are important to note because they replace the previous jobs numbers estimates with real-world data provided by the state's employers," Hearthway said.

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

Media contact:    Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530
Editor's note:      A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows:

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)





Change from

Change from


January

December

January

December 2012

January 2012


2013

2012

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,552

6,535

6,436

17

0.3%

116

1.8%

Employment

6,016

6,016

5,946

0

0.0%

70

1.2%

Unemployment

537

519

490

18

3.5%

47

9.6%

Rate

8.2

7.9

7.6

0.3

----

0.6

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,654

155,511

154,356

143

0.1%

1,298

0.8%

Employment

143,322

143,305

141,608

17

0.0%

1,714

1.2%

Unemployment

12,332

12,206

12,748

126

1.0%

-416

-3.3%

Rate

7.9

7.8

8.3

0.1

----

-0.4

----

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)





Change from

Change from


January

December

January

December 2012

January 2012


2013

2012

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,747.8

5,742.6

5,711.5

5.2

0.1%

36.3

0.6%









Goods Producing Industries

830.4

830.5

833.2

-0.1

0.0%

-2.8

-0.3%

  Mining & Logging

37.8

36.6

37.8

1.2

3.3%

0.0

0.0%

  Construction

225.9

228.1

227.9

-2.2

-1.0%

-2.0

-0.9%

  Manufacturing

566.7

565.8

567.5

0.9

0.2%

-0.8

-0.1%









Service Providing Industries

4,917.4

4,912.1

4,878.3

5.3

0.1%

39.1

0.8%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,106.3

1,105.5

1,098.3

0.8

0.1%

8.0

0.7%

  Information

91.1

90.2

90.5

0.9

1.0%

0.6

0.7%

  Financial Activities

308.0

309.7

308.7

-1.7

-0.5%

-0.7

-0.2%

  Professional & Business Services

734.8

733.7

726.0

1.1

0.1%

8.8

1.2%

  Education & Health Services

1,181.2

1,174.5

1,160.6

6.7

0.6%

20.6

1.8%

  Leisure & Hospitality

520.5

520.7

518.6

-0.2

0.0%

1.9

0.4%

  Other Services

257.3

257.0

254.4

0.3

0.1%

2.9

1.1%

  Government

718.2

720.8

721.2

-2.6

-0.4%

-3.0

-0.4%

 

(p) preliminary








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
Note: January 2013 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 22, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



RELATED LINKS
http://www.state.pa.us

More by this Source

Best of Content We Love 2014 


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

 

PR Newswire Membership

Fill out a PR Newswire membership form or contact us at (888) 776-0942.

Learn about PR Newswire services

Request more information about PR Newswire products and services or call us at (888) 776-0942.