PA Unemployment Rate 4.6% in February

Mar 18, 2016, 08:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for February 2016.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was unchanged from January at 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2007. Pennsylvania's rate remained below that of the United States, which was also unchanged at 4.9 percent. The commonwealth's rate was down seven-tenths of a percentage point since February 2015 while the national rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up 21,000 in February to 6,471,000. Resident employment rose by 17,000 while the unemployment count increased by 4,000.

Total nonfarm jobs increased 21,100 to a record high of 5,876,200 in February. The largest gain was in education & health services, which added 12,200 jobs due mostly to educational services. The largest drop was in manufacturing, which decreased following three consecutive gains.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 53,300 (+0.9%). All seven private service-providing supersectors added jobs from February 2015, while all three goods-producing supersectors declined and government was unchanged. The largest increase from last year was in education & health services (+16,400), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-9,100).

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

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Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)


February

January

February

Change from

January 2015

Change from

February 2015


2016

2016

2015

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,471

6,450

6,417

21

0.3%

54

0.8%

Employment

6,171

6,177

6,075

-6

-0.1%

96

1.6%

Unemployment

300

296

341

4

1.4%

-41

-12.0%

Rate

4.6

4.6

5.3

0.0

----

-0.7

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

158,890

158,335

156,878

555

0.4%

2,012

1.3%

Employment

151,074

150,544

148,231

530

0.4%

2,843

1.9%

Unemployment

7,815

7,791

8,646

24

0.3%

-831

-9.6%

Rate

4.9

4.9

5.5

0.0

----

-0.6

----

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)


February

January

February

Change from

January 2015

Change from

February 2015


2016

2016

2015

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,876.2

5,855.1

5,822.9

21.1

0.4%

53.3

0.9%









Goods Producing Industries

822.3

826.8

840.1

-4.5

-0.5%

-17.8

-2.1%

  Mining & Logging

28.4

29.6

37.5

-1.2

-4.1%

-9.1

-24.3%

  Construction

228.5

229.6

231.7

-1.1

-0.5%

-3.2

-1.4%

  Manufacturing

565.4

567.6

570.9

-2.2

-0.4%

-5.5

-1.0%









Service Providing Industries

5,053.9

5,028.3

4,982.8

25.6

0.5%

71.1

1.4%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,132.9

1,125.9

1,116.8

7.0

0.6%

16.1

1.4%

  Information

86.1

85.8

84.9

0.3

0.3%

1.2

1.4%

  Financial Activities

320.5

318.5

315.8

2.0

0.6%

4.7

1.5%

  Professional & Business Services

786.1

780.9

773.4

5.2

0.7%

12.7

1.6%

  Education & Health Services

1,204.8

1,192.6

1,188.4

12.2

1.0%

16.4

1.4%

  Leisure & Hospitality

558.0

558.6

543.0

-0.6

-0.1%

15.0

2.8%

  Other Services

260.1

259.8

255.1

0.3

0.1%

5.0

2.0%

  Government

705.4

706.2

705.4

-0.8

-0.1%

0.0

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 www.paworkstats.pa.gov

Note: March 2016 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released April 15, 2016.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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