PA Unemployment Rate remains at 5.4% in July

Aug 21, 2015, 08:35 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for July 2015.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in July, unchanged from June. Pennsylvania's rate was one-tenth of a percentage point above the U.S. rate of 5.3 percent, which was also unchanged in July. The commonwealth's rate was down 0.1 percentage points from July 2014 while the national rate declined by 0.9 points over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was essentially unchanged from June, up 1,000 to 6,426,000. Resident employment decreased 1,000 while unemployment rose 2,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 8,000 in July to 5,856,100. Private sector jobs were up 8,000 while government jobs were flat over the month. Financial activities (+5,000) had the largest gain in July while manufacturing (-2,200) had the largest decline. Education & health services reached a record high for the third month in row.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 66,500 (+1.1%). The growth was concentrated within private industries, with the largest gains in trade, transportation & utilities, education & health services, and leisure & hospitality, which all added over 10,000 jobs from July 2014.

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)


July

June

July

Change from
June 2015

Change from 
July 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,426

6,425

6,363

1

0.0%

63

1.0%

Employment

6,077

6,078

6,010

-1

0.0%

67

1.1%

Unemployment

349

347

353

2

0.6%

-4

-1.1%

Rate

5.4

5.4

5.5

0.0

----

-0.1

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

157,106

157,037

156,048

69

0.0%

1,058

0.7%

Employment

148,840

148,739

146,401

101

0.1%

2,439

1.7%

Unemployment

8,266

8,299

9,648

-33

-0.4%

-1,382

-14.3%

Rate

5.3

5.3

6.2

0.0

----

-0.9

----

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


 

July

 

June

 

July

Change from
June 2015

Change from
July 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,856.1

5,848.1

5,789.6

8.0

0.1%

66.5

1.1%









Goods Producing Industries

845.6

849.2

837.4

-3.6

-0.4%

8.2

1.0%

Mining & Logging

36.5

36.3

37.7

0.2

0.6%

-1.2

-3.2%

Construction

241.5

243.1

232.6

-1.6

-0.7%

8.9

3.8%

Manufacturing

567.6

569.8

567.1

-2.2

-0.4%

0.5

0.1%









Service Providing Industries

5,010.5

4,998.9

4,952.2

11.6

0.2%

58.3

1.2%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,130.4

1,125.6

1,110.9

4.8

0.4%

19.5

1.8%

Information

84.3

83.9

85.5

0.4

0.5%

-1.2

-1.4%

Financial Activities

321.9

316.9

315.9

5.0

1.6%

6.0

1.9%

 Professional & Business Services

768.3

768.9

759.6

-0.6

-0.1%

8.7

1.1%

Education & Health Services

1,196.9

1,194.2

1,180.6

2.7

0.2%

16.3

1.4%

Leisure & Hospitality

545.1

546.8

534.7

-1.7

-0.3%

10.4

1.9%

Other Services

257.2

256.2

254.4

1.0

0.4%

2.8

1.1%

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: August 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released September 18, 2015.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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