PA Unemployment Rate at 5.4% in June

Jul 17, 2015, 08:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for June 2015.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in June, unchanged from May. Pennsylvania's rate was one-tenth of a percentage point above the U.S. rate of 5.3 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. The commonwealth's rate was down 0.3 percentage points from June 2014 while the national rate declined by 0.8 points over the year.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force rose 7,000 from May to 6,423,000. Resident employment increased 9,000 while unemployment fell 3,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were down 2,700 in June to 5,847,400. Private sector jobs were down 6,800 from May while the public sector added jobs for the third consecutive month. Leisure & hospitality (-4,200) had the largest decline in June. Professional & business services (+4,200) had the largest gain and reached a record high. Education & health services also reached a record high in June.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 58,000 (+1.0%). The growth was concentrated within private industries, with the largest gains in education & health services, trade, transportation & utilities, and construction.

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

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A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)


June

May

June

Change from
May 2015

Change from
June 2014  


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA


Civilian Labor Force

6,423

6,416

6,368

7

0.1%

55

0.9%

Employment

6,078

6,069

6,004

9

0.1%

74

1.2%

Unemployment

345

348

364

-3

-0.9%

-19

-5.2%

Rate

5.4

5.4

5.7

0.0

----

-0.3

----


U.S.

Civilian Labor Force

157,037

157,469

155,700

-432

-0.3%

1,337

0.9%

Employment

148,739

148,795

146,247

-56

0.0%

2,492

1.7%

Unemployment

8,299

8,674

9,453

-375

-4.3%

-1,154

-12.2%

Rate

5.3

5.5

6.1

-0.2

----

-0.8

----

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


June

May

June

Change from
May 2015

Change from
June 2014


2015

2015

2014

volume

percent

volume

percent


Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,847.4

5,850.1

5,789.4

-2.7

0.0%

58.0

1.0%


Goods Producing Industries

848.7

852.9

836.2

-4.2

-0.5%

12.5

1.5%

Mining & Logging

36.4

36.7

37.4

-0.3

-0.8%

-1.0

-2.7%

Construction

242.6

244.9

232.2

-2.3

-0.9%

10.4

4.5%

Manufacturing

569.7

571.3

566.6

-1.6

-0.3%

3.1

0.5%


Service Providing Industries

4,998.7

4,997.2

4,953.2

1.5

0.0%

45.5

0.9%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,124.2

1,126.6

1,110.6

-2.4

-0.2%

13.6

1.2%

Information

84.1

85.1

85.4

-1.0

-1.2%

-1.3

-1.5%

Financial Activities

317.2

316.9

316.0

0.3

0.1%

1.2

0.4%

Professional & Business Services

767.5

763.3

760.0

4.2

0.6%

7.5

1.0%

Education & Health Services

1,194.8

1,192.9

1,178.8

1.9

0.2%

16.0

1.4%

Leisure & Hospitality

545.1

549.3

537.3

-4.2

-0.8%

7.8

1.5%

Other Services

256.3

257.7

254.3

-1.4

-0.5%

2.0

0.8%

Government

709.5

705.4

710.8

4.1

0.6%

-1.3

-0.2%

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: July 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 21, 2015.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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