Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Drops below U.S. to 7.5 percent in May

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in May according to employment statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This was the state's lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

"Pennsylvania's unemployment rate hasn't been this low since 2009 and has declined for four consecutive months," Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry said. "Pennsylvania's rate is now below the U.S. rate, which increased one-tenth of a percentage point in May to 7.6 percent."

Over the year, the unemployment rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point and the labor force was up 45,000.

The employment count, or the number of people working, increased by 24,000 from April. This was the largest increase since August 1983.

The number of people unemployed decreased to 488,000.  This was the fourth consecutive month that the unemployment count has decreased.

Private sector jobs were down 6,200 in May, but up 20,600 over May 2012. The number of private sector jobs added since January 2011 was 116,400.

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

Editor's note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.
Media contact:    Sara Goulet, 717-787-7530

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)





Change from

Change from



May

April

May

April 2013

May 2012



2013

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent


PA









Civilian Labor Force

6,521

6,505

6,476

16

0.2%

45

0.7%


Employment

6,033

6,009

5,965

24

0.4%

68

1.1%


Unemployment

488

497

511

-9

-1.8%

-23

-4.5%


Rate

7.5

7.6

7.9

-0.1

----

-0.4

----











U.S.









Civilian Labor Force

155,658

155,238

154,998

420

0.3%

660

0.4%


Employment

143,898

143,579

142,302

319

0.2%

1,596

1.1%


Unemployment

11,760

11,659

12,695

101

0.9%

-935

-7.4%


Rate

7.6

7.5

8.2

0.1

----

-0.6

----


 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)





Change from

Change from


May

April

May

April 2013

May 2012


2013

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,740.4

5,749.6

5,735.7

-9.2

-0.2%

4.7

0.1%









Goods Producing Industries

828.7

829.5

829.2

-0.8

-0.1%

-0.5

-0.1%

  Mining & Logging

36.5

36.4

37.3

0.1

0.3%

-0.8

-2.1%

  Construction

224.3

225.0

223.7

-0.7

-0.3%

0.6

0.3%

  Manufacturing

567.9

568.1

568.2

-0.2

0.0%

-0.3

-0.1%









Service Providing Industries

4,911.7

4,920.1

4,906.5

-8.4

-0.2%

5.2

0.1%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,097.6

1,101.2

1,102.0

-3.6

-0.3%

-4.4

-0.4%

  Information

89.1

90.1

90.9

-1.0

-1.1%

-1.8

-2.0%

  Financial Activities

310.5

310.4

309.4

0.1

0.0%

1.1

0.4%

  Professional & Business Services

739.2

740.8

731.5

-1.6

-0.2%

7.7

1.1%

  Education & Health Services

1,179.5

1,177.8

1,168.5

1.7

0.1%

11.0

0.9%

  Leisure & Hospitality

523.0

526.0

520.6

-3.0

-0.6%

2.4

0.5%

  Other Services

260.5

258.5

255.4

2.0

0.8%

5.1

2.0%

  Government

712.3

715.3

728.2

-3.0

-0.4%

-15.9

-2.2%

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: June 2013 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 19, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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