PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.0% in November

Dec 18, 2015, 08:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for November 2015.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.0 percent in November. Pennsylvania's rate matched that of the United States, which was unchanged from October. The commonwealth's rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the November 2014 rate of 5.1 percent, while the national rate declined by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up 14,000 in November to 6,429,000. Resident employment rose by 23,000 while the unemployment count declined by 9,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were down 3,400 in November to 5,856,000. Despite the decline, seven of the 11 supersectors added jobs from October. The largest drop was a decline of 5,000 in leisure & hospitality, which fell from a record high in October. The largest gain was in education & health services, which rose 2,800 to a record high.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 39,800 (+0.7%). All seven of the private service-providing supersectors added jobs from November 2014, while all three goods-producing supersectors and government declined.

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)


 Change from 

Change from


November 

October 

November

 October 2015

November 2014 


2015

2015

2014

volume 

percent 

volume 

percent

PA               








Civilian Labor Force 

6,429

6,415

6,352

14

0.2%

77

1.2%

Employment 

6,108

6,085

6,029

23

0.4%

79

1.3%

Unemployment 

321

330

323

-9

-2.7%

-2

-0.6%

Rate 

5.0

5.1

5.1

-0.1

----

-0.1

----

U.S.   








Civilian Labor Force 

157,301

157,028

156,402

273

0.2%

899

0.6%

Employment 

149,364

149,120

147,331

244

0.2%

2,033

1.4%

Unemployment 

7,938

7,909

9,072

29

0.4%

-1,134

-12.5%

Rate 

5.0

5.0

5.8

0.0

----

-0.8

----

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


 Change from 

Change from


 November 

 October 

November 

October 2015 

November 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

 percent 

volume

 percent

Total Nonfarm Jobs 

5,856.0

5,859.4

5,816.2

-3.4

-0.1%

39.8

0.7%


Goods Producing Industries

834.2

838.8

842.3

-4.6

-0.5%

-8.1

-1.0%

Mining & Logging

34.7

35.0

37.9

-0.3

-0.9%

-3.2

-8.4%

Construction 

234.3

238.9

235.8

-4.6

-1.9%

-1.5

-0.6%

Manufacturing 

565.2

564.9

568.6

0.3

0.1%

-3.4

-0.6%









Service Providing Industries 

5,021.8

5,020.6

4,973.9

1.2

0.0%

47.9

1.0%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities 

1,126.2

1,125.6

1,116.7

0.6

0.1%

9.5

0.9%

Information 

86.4

86.3

84.6

0.1

0.1%

1.8

2.1%

Financial Activities 

319.6

320.0

313.3

-0.4

-0.1%

6.3

2.0%

Professional & Business Services 

770.6

770.0

762.2

0.6

0.1%

8.4

1.1%

Education & Health Services 

1,205.7

1,202.9

1,188.7

2.8

0.2%

17.0

1.4%

Leisure & Hospitality 

551.1

556.1

544.0

-5.0

-0.9%

7.1

1.3%

Other Services 

256.5

254.5

255.3

2.0

0.8%

1.2

0.5%

Government 

705.7

705.2

709.1

0.5

0.1%

-3.4

-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

Note: December 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released January 22, 2016.

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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