PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.8% in December; Jobs Reach Record High

22 Jan, 2016, 08:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for December 2015.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point in December to 4.8 percent, the lowest rate since February 2008. Pennsylvania's rate fell below that of the United States, which was unchanged from November at 5.0 percent. The commonwealth's rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from the December 2014 rate of 5.0 percent while the national rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up 18,000 in December to 6,446,000. Resident employment rose by 31,000 while the unemployment count declined by 15,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 9,800 in December to a record high of 5,863,500. Four supersectors added at least 2,000 jobs each. The largest gain was in leisure & hospitality (+3,700), which reached a record high. The largest drop was in construction (-2,500).

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 38,000 (+0.7%). All seven of the private service-providing supersectors added jobs from December 2014, while all three goods-producing supersectors and government declined. The largest increase from last year was in education & health services (+14,300), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-3,600).

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)  


 

December
2015

 

November
2015

 

December
2014

Change from
November 2015

Change from
December 2015

volume      percent 

volume       percent

PA







Civilian Labor Force

6,446

6,428

6,352

18

0.3%

94

1.5%

Employment

6,139

6,108

6,033

31

0.5%

106

1.8%

Unemployment

306

321

319

-15

-4.7%

-13

-4.1%

Rate

4.8

5.0

5.0

-0.2

----

-0.2

----








U.S.







Civilian Labor Force

157,833

157,367

156,142

466

0.3%

1,691

1.1%

Employment

149,929

149,444

147,439

485

0.3%

2,490

1.7%

Unemployment

7,904

7,924

8,704

-20

-0.3%

-800

-9.2%

Rate

5.0

5.0

5.6

0.0

----

-0.6

----

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


December
2015

November 2015

December 2014

Change from 
November 2015 
volume         percent

Change from
December 2015
   volume              percent








Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,863.5

5,853.7

5,825.5

9.8

0.2%

38.0

0.7%









Goods Producing Industries

833.3

833.9

840.7

-0.6

-0.1%

-7.4

-0.9%

  Mining & Logging

34.5

34.6

37.8

-0.1

-0.3%

-3.3

-8.7%

  Construction

231.6

234.1

232.1

-2.5

-1.1%

-0.5

-0.2%

  Manufacturing

567.2

565.2

570.8

2.0

0.4%

-3.6

-0.6%









Service Providing Industries

5,030.2

5,019.8

4,984.8

10.4

0.2%

45.4

0.9%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,127.4

1,125.0

1,123.0

2.4

0.2%

4.4

0.4%

  Information

84.9

85.4

84.9

-0.5

-0.6%

0.0

0.0%

  Financial Activities

321.3

320.2

313.7

1.1

0.3%

7.6

2.4%

  Professional & Business Services

772.2

769.8

762.4

2.4

0.3%

9.8

1.3%

  Education & Health Services

1,204.9

1,205.2

1,190.6

-0.3

0.0%

14.3

1.2%

  Leisure & Hospitality

556.2

552.5

546.2

3.7

0.7%

10.0

1.8%

  Other Services

256.8

256.4

255.6

0.4

0.2%

1.2

0.5%

  Government

706.5

705.3

708.4

1.2

0.2%

-1.9

-0.3%

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 2016 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 4, 2016.

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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