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Pennsylvania Unemployment Decline Highest in Thirty Years

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of Pennsylvania's unemployed decreased by 16,000 in November, the largest decline since 1983 and the second largest decline on record.

The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate of 8.1 percent. This was the lowest rate for Pennsylvania since June.

The November jobs report brings the total job count, which includes private and public sector jobs, to 5,751,400, the highest level since November 2008. Fueling the job growth was a gain of 7,200 private sector jobs in November, while public sector jobs decreased by 5,300.

Pennsylvania's job total has risen in each of the past four months.  In November the following sectors experienced the largest gains:

  • leisure & hospitality
  • education & health services
  • manufacturing

Since January 2011 the state has added 109,400 private sector jobs, with 51,000 of those being added this year.

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


November

October

November

October 2012

November 2011


2012 (p)

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,542

6,536

6,386

6

0.1%

156

2.4%

Employment

6,030

6,008

5,888

22

0.4%

142

2.4%

Unemployment

512

528

498

-16

-3.0%

14

2.8%

Rate

7.8

8.1

7.8

-0.3

----

0.0

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,291

155,641

153,937

-350

-0.2%

1,354

0.9%

Employment

143,262

143,384

140,614

-122

-0.1%

2,648

1.9%

Unemployment

12,029

12,258

13,323

-229

-1.9%

-1,294

-9.7%

Rate

7.7

7.9

8.7

-0.2

----

-1.0

----

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





Change from

Change from


November

October

November

October 2012

November 2011


2012 (p)

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,751.4

5,749.5

5,704.1

1.9

0.0%

47.3

0.8%









Goods Producing Industries

824.7

822.6

823.5

2.1

0.3%

1.2

0.1%

  Mining & Logging

39.6

38.9

36.0

0.7

1.8%

3.6

10.0%

  Construction

213.6

214.4

224.3

-0.8

-0.4%

-10.7

-4.8%

  Manufacturing

571.5

569.3

563.2

2.2

0.4%

8.3

1.5%









Service Providing Industries

4,926.7

4,926.9

4,880.6

-0.2

0.0%

46.1

0.9%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,114.6

1,112.6

1,098.4

2.0

0.2%

16.2

1.5%

  Information

91.3

90.1

89.2

1.2

1.3%

2.1

2.4%

  Financial Activities

312.3

313.5

309.8

-1.2

-0.4%

2.5

0.8%

  Professional & Business Services

725.7

728.9

710.6

-3.2

-0.4%

15.1

2.1%

  Education & Health Services

1,167.2

1,164.8

1,169.7

2.4

0.2%

-2.5

-0.2%

  Leisure & Hospitality

532.1

528.6

512.7

3.5

0.7%

19.4

3.8%

  Other Services

254.2

253.8

257.2

0.4

0.2%

-3.0

-1.2%

  Government

729.3

734.6

733.0

-5.3

-0.7%

-3.7

-0.5%

(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: December 2012 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released January 18, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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