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Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1 Percent in February

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The February employment statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry indicate that the state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.1 in February.

Unemployment decreased 5,000 over the month to 532,000. This was the second largest decrease of the past twelve months and the fourth largest since January 2011.

Total nonfarm jobs rose by 600 in February to 5,747,100. This was the seventh consecutive monthly gain.

"We continue to see job growth in Pennsylvania," said Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Heathway.  "A particularly positive sign is the February gain in manufacturing, which added 4,400 jobs."

Total nonfarm jobs were up 16,500 from a year ago. Pennsylvania's over-the-year job growth was most pronounced in the private sector. The largest gains were in professional and business services with 11,900 jobs added and education and health services with a gain of 8,100.

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


February

January

February

January 2013

February 2012


2013 (p)

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,540

6,553

6,447

-13

-0.2%

93

1.4%

Employment

6,009

6,015

5,959

-6

-0.1%

50

0.8%

Unemployment

532

537

487

-5

-0.9%

45

9.2%

Rate

8.1

8.2

7.6

-0.1

----

0.5

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

155,524

155,654

154,825

-130

-0.1%

699

0.5%

Employment

143,492

143,322

142,019

170

0.1%

1,473

1.0%

Unemployment

12,032

12,332

12,806

-300

-2.4%

-774

-6.0%

Rate

7.7

7.9

8.3

-0.2

----

-0.6

----

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





Change from

Change from


February

January

February

January 2013

February 2012


2013 (p)

2013

2012

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,747.1

5,746.5

5,730.6

0.6

0.0%

16.5

0.3%









Goods Producing Industries

836.9

831.0

836.6

5.9

0.7%

0.3

0.0%

  Mining & Logging

37.7

37.7

38.8

0.0

0.0%

-1.1

-2.8%

  Construction

228.1

226.6

229.0

1.5

0.7%

-0.9

-0.4%

  Manufacturing

571.1

566.7

568.8

4.4

0.8%

2.3

0.4%









Service Providing Industries

4,910.2

4,915.5

4,894.0

-5.3

-0.1%

16.2

0.3%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,108.6

1,106.9

1,101.3

1.7

0.2%

7.3

0.7%

  Information

90.8

91.2

90.2

-0.4

-0.4%

0.6

0.7%

  Financial Activities

307.4

308.0

308.9

-0.6

-0.2%

-1.5

-0.5%

  Professional & Business Services

740.1

736.5

728.2

3.6

0.5%

11.9

1.6%

  Education & Health Services

1,171.6

1,176.8

1,163.5

-5.2

-0.4%

8.1

0.7%

  Leisure & Hospitality

515.6

519.6

521.2

-4.0

-0.8%

-5.6

-1.1%

  Other Services

256.3

257.3

254.6

-1.0

-0.4%

1.7

0.7%

  Government

719.8

719.2

726.1

0.6

0.1%

-6.3

-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: March 2013 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released April 19, 2013.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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