PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.1% in October

20 Nov, 2015, 08:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for October 2015.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in October. Pennsylvania's rate was one-tenth of a percentage point above the U.S. rate of 5.0 percent, which was down one-tenth of a point from September. The commonwealth's rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the October 2014 level of 5.2 percent while the national rate declined by seven-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up 5,000 in October to 6,415,000. Resident employment rose while the unemployment count declined.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 13,700 in October to 5,858,100. Private sector jobs (+14,200) rose to a record high while government jobs declined (-500). The two largest supersector gains in October, education & health services and leisure & hospitality, both resulted in record high levels. The largest drop in October was due to construction. All three goods-producing components declined.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 48,600 (+0.8%). Seven of the 11 super-sectors added jobs over the past year. Changes from last October mirrored changes from September in that both goods producers and government jobs were down while private service-providing jobs were up.

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)


October

September

October

Change from
September 2015

Change from
October 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA

Civilian Labor Force

6,415

6,410

6,353

5

0.1%

62

1.0%

Employment

6,085

6,071

6,025

14

0.2%

60

1.0%

Unemployment

330

339

328

-9

-2.7%

2

0.6%

Rate

5.1

5.3

5.2

-0.2

----

-0.1

----


U.S.

Civilian Labor Force

157,028

156,715

156,243

313

0.2%

785

0.5%

Employment

149,120

148,800

147,260

320

0.2%

1,860

1.3%

Unemployment

7,908

7,915

8,983

-7

-0.1%

-1,075

-12.0%

Rate

5.0

5.1

5.7

-0.1

----

-0.7

----

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


October

September

October

Change from
September 2015

Change from
October 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,858.1

5,844.4

5,809.5

13.7

0.2%

48.6

0.8%


Goods Producing Industries

837.7

842.5

839.2

-4.8

-0.6%

-1.5

-0.2%

Mining & Logging

35.0

35.2

37.9

-0.2

-0.6%

-2.9

-7.7%

Construction

238.5

242.7

233.7

-4.2

-1.7%

4.8

2.1%

Manufacturing

564.2

564.6

567.6

-0.4

-0.1%

-3.4

-0.6%


Service Providing Industries

5,020.4

5,001.9

4,970.3

18.5

0.4%

50.1

1.0%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,124.4

1,124.2

1,115.3

0.2

0.0%

9.1

0.8%

Information

85.6

84.4

84.4

1.2

1.4%

1.2

1.4%

Financial Activities

320.0

320.9

313.8

-0.9

-0.3%

6.2

2.0%

Professional & Business Services

767.6

765.2

760.8

2.4

0.3%

6.8

0.9%

Education & Health Services

1,207.0

1,197.1

1,189.2

9.9

0.8%

17.8

1.5%

Leisure & Hospitality

556.1

550.6

540.3

5.5

1.0%

15.8

2.9%

Other Services

254.6

253.9

256.6

0.7

0.3%

-2.0

-0.8%

Government

705.1

705.6

709.9

-0.5

-0.1%

-4.8

-0.7%

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: November 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released December 18, 2015. 

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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