Pennsylvania's Labor Force Growth Continues to Record High

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up by 17,000 in December to a new record high of 6,559,000. This is the fourth consecutive month of a record labor force level.

"The increase in the civilian labor force in December is a good sign for the state's continued recovery from the recession," Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway said.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in December.

The total jobs count in Pennsylvania came to 5,751,500. The largest increase from November was a gain of 4,400 in construction jobs. More than 100,000 private-sector jobs have been added to the Pennsylvania economy since Governor Corbett took office in January 2011.

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


December

November

December

November 2012

December 2011


2012 (p)

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,559

6,542

6,388

17

0.3%

171

2.7%

Employment

6,042

6,030

5,898

12

0.2%

144

2.4%

Unemployment

517

512

489

5

1.0%

28

5.7%

Rate

7.9

7.8

7.7

0.1

----

0.2

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,511

155,319

153,945

192

0.1%

1,566

1.0%

Employment

143,305

143,277

140,896

28

0.0%

2,409

1.7%

Unemployment

12,206

12,042

13,049

164

1.4%

-843

-6.5%

Rate

7.8

7.8

8.5

0.0

----

-0.7

----

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)





Change from

Change from


December

November

December

November 2012

December 2011


2012 (p)

2012

2011

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,751.5

5,756.3

5,712.8

-4.8

-0.1%

38.7

0.7%









Goods Producing Industries

827.8

823.8

826.7

4.0

0.5%

1.1

0.1%

  Mining & Logging

40.1

39.4

36.8

0.7

1.8%

3.3

9.0%

  Construction

218.1

213.7

225.8

4.4

2.1%

-7.7

-3.4%

  Manufacturing

569.6

570.7

564.1

-1.1

-0.2%

5.5

1.0%









Service Providing Industries

4,923.7

4,932.5

4,886.1

-8.8

-0.2%

37.6

0.8%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,110.6

1,116.1

1,101.5

-5.5

-0.5%

9.1

0.8%

  Information

91.3

91.4

89.3

-0.1

-0.1%

2.0

2.2%

  Financial Activities

311.2

313.0

307.4

-1.8

-0.6%

3.8

1.2%

  Professional & Business Services

726.0

727.0

712.2

-1.0

-0.1%

13.8

1.9%

  Education & Health Services

1,170.3

1,166.6

1,172.1

3.7

0.3%

-1.8

-0.2%

  Leisure & Hospitality

527.8

532.9

512.8

-5.1

-1.0%

15.0

2.9%

  Other Services

253.6

254.1

257.7

-0.5

-0.2%

-4.1

-1.6%

  Government

732.9

731.4

733.1

1.5

0.2%

-0.2

0.0%

(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: January 2013 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 8, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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