Pennsylvania's Employment Situation for September 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the August rate of 8.1 percent.  

Resident employment was up 23,000 to 5,974,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 5,000 to 530,000. Pennsylvania's labor force was 130,000 above its September 2011 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 17,800 in September to 5,733,900 the largest monthly gain since February 2012. Following an upward revision to the August jobs count, Pennsylvania has shown a two-month gain of 23,800 jobs. The September jobs growth was limited to service-providing industries, which increased by 21,300 to a record high of 4,912,700. Education & health services added the most jobs in September, due mostly to an increase of 8,200 jobs in educational services. Professional & business services also showed a sizeable gain, up 7,900 to a record high of 730,500 jobs.

Pennsylvania's total (public and private) job count was up 41,100 (0.7 percent) over the year, with most of the increase concentrated in private service-providing industries. Mining & logging showed the largest increase from September 2011, up 11.8 percent. Professional & business services up 19,500 had the largest volume gain. Over this time period Pennsylvania saw an increase of 43,900 private jobs.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 29,000 in September to 6,504,000, the highest level on record. This increase was partially due to people who were marginally attached, including discouraged workers, re-entering the labor force.

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

Current Labor Force Statistics








Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)




















Change from

Change from




September

August

 September

August 2012

September 2011




2012

2012

2011

 volume

 percent 

volume 

percent

PA 








Civilian Labor Force                

6,504

6,475

6,374

29

0.4%

130

2.0%

Employment                            

5,974

5,951

5,865

23

0.4%

109

1.9%

Unemployment                            

530

525

509

5

1.0%

21

4.1%

Rate                                          

8.2

8.1

8.0

0.1

----

0.2

----

U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,063

154,645

154,004

418

0.3%

1,059

0.7%

Employment

142,974

142,101

140,107

873

0.6%

2,867

2.0%

Unemployment

12,088

12,544

13,897

-456

-3.6%

-1,809

-13.0%

Rate                                          

7.8

8.1

9.0

-0.3

----

-1.2

----

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)













Change from

Change from


 September

August

September

August 2012

September 2011


2012

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs 

5,733.9

5,716.1

5,692.8

17.8

0.3%

41.1

0.7%


Goods Producing Industries 

821.2

824.7

821.7

-3.5

-0.4%

-0.5

-0.1%

  Mining & Logging 

38.9

38.9

34.8

0.0

0.0%

4.1

11.8%

  Construction 

214.9

215.0

224.0

-0.1

0.0%

-9.1

-4.1%

  Manufacturing 

567.4

570.8

562.9

-3.4

-0.6%

4.5

0.8%


Service Providing Industries 

4,912.7

4,891.4

4,871.1

21.3

0.4%

41.6

0.9%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 

1,109.1

1,103.2

1,094.1

5.9

0.5%

15.0

1.4%

  Information 

89.3

89.5

89.6

-0.2

-0.2%

-0.3

-0.3%

  Financial Activities 

314.1

313.1

309.9

1.0

0.3%

4.2

1.4%

  Professional & Business Services 

730.5

722.6

711.0

7.9

1.1%

19.5

2.7%

  Education & Health Services 

1,157.9

1,149.1

1,164.7

8.8

0.8%

-6.8

-0.6%

  Leisure & Hospitality 

524.7

525.3

509.2

-0.6

-0.1%

15.5

3.0%

  Other Services 

252.5

254.6

255.2

-2.1

-0.8%

-2.7

-1.1%

  Government 

734.6

734.0

737.4

0.6

0.1%

-2.8

-0.4%

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.state.pa.us

Note: October 2012 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released November 16, 2012.

Media contact: Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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