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Pennsylvania Jobs Up in October; Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.1%

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania added 7,500 jobs in October, bringing the state's jobs count to a total of 5,752,200, the highest level since November 2008.

In addition, the number of jobs added to the Pennsylvania economy in the private sector since January 2011 increased to 105,700. 

The October job growth was concentrated in service-providing industries, which increased by 7,100 to a record high of 4,929,800. Service-providing industries include businesses such as retail stores, banks, hospitals and restaurants. The largest increase in October was a gain of 4,000 education and health services jobs, followed closely by a 3,700 increase in trade, transportation and utilities.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the September rate of 8.2 percent.

The state's labor force, which includes people with jobs and those actively looking for work, was up 31,000 in October, to a record high level of 6,536,000. This was the second largest single-month increase on record, signaling renewed confidence in the Pennsylvania economy.

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

Media contact: Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530

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


Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)





Change from

Change from


October

September 

October 

September 2012 

October 2011


2012(p)

2012

2011

volume 

percent 

volume

percent

PA      








Civilian Labor Force 

6,536

6,505

6,380

31

0.5%

156

2.4%

Employment 

6,009

5,975

5,877

34

0.6%

132

2.2%

Unemployment 

528

530

503

-2

-0.4%

25

5.0%

Rate 

8.1

8.2

7.9

-0.1

----

0.2

----









U.S. 








Civilian Labor Force 

155,641

155,063

154,057

578

0.4%

1,584

1.0%

Employment 

143,384

142,974

140,297

410

0.3%

3,087

2.2%

Unemployment 

12,258

12,088

13,759

170

1.4%

-1,501

-10.9%

Rate 

7.9

7.8

8.9

0.1

----

-1.0

----


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)













Change from

Change from


October

September

October

September 2012

October 2011


2012 (p)

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs 

5,752.2

5,744.7

5,704.1

7.5

0.1%

48.1

0.8%









Goods Producing Industries 

822.4

822.0

824.8

0.4

0.0%

-2.4

-0.3%

  Mining & Logging 

38.9

38.9

35.7

0.0

0.0%

3.2

9.0%

  Construction 

214.3

215.4

224.7

-1.1

-0.5%

-10.4

-4.6%

  Manufacturing 

569.2

567.7

564.4

1.5

0.3%

4.8

0.9%









Service Providing Industries

4,929.8

4,922.7

4,879.3

7.1

0.1%

50.5

1.0%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 

1,113.9

1,110.2

1,097.0

3.7

0.3%

16.9

1.5%

  Information 

90.1

89.8

89.6

0.3

0.3%

0.5

0.6%

  Financial Activities 

313.6

313.7

310.4

-0.1

0.0%

3.2

1.0%

  Professional & Business Services 

729.8

729.2

710.8

0.6

0.1%

19.0

2.7%

  Education & Health Services 

1,166.2

1,162.2

1,166.7

4.0

0.3%

-0.5

0.0%

  Leisure & Hospitality 

528.5

529.5

513.3

-1.0

-0.2%

15.2

3.0%

  Other Services 

253.9

253.5

256.4

0.4

0.2%

-2.5

-1.0%

  Government 

733.8

734.6

735.1

-0.8

-0.1%

-1.3

-0.2%









(p) preliminary








 

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 2012 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released December 21, 2012.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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