Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.9 percent in March

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.9 percent in March, according to employment statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Unemployment decreased 20,000 over the month to 512,000. This was the largest decrease in 30 years. Only July 1983 had a larger decrease.

Total nonfarm jobs declined by 5,900 in March to 5,742,300. Five supersectors showed gains in March, including an increase of 6,100 jobs in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 jobs in educational services.

Pennsylvania has added 112,800 private sector jobs to the economy since January 2011 with a current total of 5,024,500.

"Pennsylvania continues to see positive signs for our economy as we cautiously, but steadily, grow out of this recession," said Julia Hearthway, secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry.

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


March

February

March

February 2013

March 2012


2013 (p)

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,508

6,541

6,461

-33

-0.5%

47

0.7%

Employment

5,995

6,009

5,968

-14

-0.2%

27

0.5%

Unemployment

512

532

493

-20

-3.8%

19

3.9%

Rate

7.9

8.1

7.6

-0.2

----

0.3

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,028

155,524

154,707

-496

-0.3%

321

0.2%

Employment

143,286

143,492

142,020

-206

-0.1%

1,266

0.9%

Unemployment

11,742

12,032

12,686

-290

-2.4%

-944

-7.4%

Rate

7.6

7.7

8.2

-0.1

----

-0.6

----

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands)





Change from

Change from


March

February

March

February 2013

March 2012


2013 (p)

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,742.3

5,748.2

5,748.1

-5.9

-0.1%

-5.8

-0.1%









Goods Producing Industries

833.4

837.0

837.0

-3.6

-0.4%

-3.6

-0.4%

  Mining & Logging

37.1

37.9

38.5

-0.8

-2.1%

-1.4

-3.6%

  Construction

227.3

228.0

229.7

-0.7

-0.3%

-2.4

-1.0%

  Manufacturing

569.0

571.1

568.8

-2.1

-0.4%

0.2

0.0%









Service Providing Industries

4,908.9

4,911.2

4,911.1

-2.3

0.0%

-2.2

0.0%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,098.9

1,108.5

1,105.1

-9.6

-0.9%

-6.2

-0.6%

  Information

90.0

90.7

91.0

-0.7

-0.8%

-1.0

-1.1%

  Financial Activities

308.4

307.4

309.1

1.0

0.3%

-0.7

-0.2%

  Professional & Business Services

736.2

739.0

732.3

-2.8

-0.4%

3.9

0.5%

  Education & Health Services

1,175.1

1,173.2

1,167.9

1.9

0.2%

7.2

0.6%

  Leisure & Hospitality

524.5

518.4

525.8

6.1

1.2%

-1.3

-0.2%

  Other Services

258.0

256.8

255.3

1.2

0.5%

2.7

1.1%

  Government

717.8

717.2

724.6

0.6

0.1%

-6.8

-0.9%

(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: April 2013 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released May 17, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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