Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Declines in March; Rate Below 5 Percent for 40 Consecutive Months

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.6 percent in
 February to 4.5 percent in March.  The Commonwealth's monthly unemployment
 rate has now been below 5 percent for 40 months.
     Nationally, the unemployment rate rose in March to 4.3 percent.
     Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 21,000 in March to an all-time
 high of 6,088,000.  Since March 2000, 140,000 residents have joined the labor
 force.
     Pennsylvania's employment count rose by 23,000 to a record 5,812,000.
 The number of unemployed in Pennsylvania decreased by 2,000 in March.
 Nationally, unemployment rose by 152,000 in March.
 
                       Pennsylvania Employment Statistics
                              seasonally adjusted
                                 (in thousands)
 
                                       March            Feb.         March
                                       2001            2001          2000
 
     PA
     Labor Force                       6,088           6,067         5,948
     Employment                        5,812           5,789         5,710
     Unemployment                        276             278           238
     Rate                               4.5%            4.6%          4.0%
 
     U.S.
     Labor Force                     141,868         141,751       140,705
     Employment                      135,780         135,815       135,013
     Unemployment                      6,088           5,936         5,692
     Rate                               4.3%            4.2%          4.0%
 
 
     CONTACT:  Scott Burkett of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and
 Industry, 717-787-7530, or press@dli.state.pa.us.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.6 percent in
 February to 4.5 percent in March.  The Commonwealth's monthly unemployment
 rate has now been below 5 percent for 40 months.
     Nationally, the unemployment rate rose in March to 4.3 percent.
     Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 21,000 in March to an all-time
 high of 6,088,000.  Since March 2000, 140,000 residents have joined the labor
 force.
     Pennsylvania's employment count rose by 23,000 to a record 5,812,000.
 The number of unemployed in Pennsylvania decreased by 2,000 in March.
 Nationally, unemployment rose by 152,000 in March.
 
                       Pennsylvania Employment Statistics
                              seasonally adjusted
                                 (in thousands)
 
                                       March            Feb.         March
                                       2001            2001          2000
 
     PA
     Labor Force                       6,088           6,067         5,948
     Employment                        5,812           5,789         5,710
     Unemployment                        276             278           238
     Rate                               4.5%            4.6%          4.0%
 
     U.S.
     Labor Force                     141,868         141,751       140,705
     Employment                      135,780         135,815       135,013
     Unemployment                      6,088           5,936         5,692
     Rate                               4.3%            4.2%          4.0%
 
 
     CONTACT:  Scott Burkett of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and
 Industry, 717-787-7530, or press@dli.state.pa.us.
 
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 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry