Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: September 2010

Oct 21, 2010, 15:19 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from August.

Pennsylvania's rate remained below the national rate of 9.6 percent, and has been at or below the national rate for 90 of the last 93 months. The state rate was up 0.4 of a percentage point from September 2009, while the U.S. rate was 0.2 of a percentage point below its rate from a year earlier.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was 6,365,000 in September, virtually unchanged from August. Resident employment rose for the first time in five months, as 16,000 more individuals were employed in September. The number of unemployed residents fell by 16,000 to 570,000, the lowest count since January 2010. Pennsylvania's labor force was down 28,000 from its September 2009 level.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count rose by 7,200 in September to 5,601,300. The gain ended three consecutive monthly job losses. Service-providing industries accounted for nearly all of the job growth in September, with the biggest increases occurring within the government and education sectors. Despite the shedding of 3,000 more temporary Census jobs in September, total government employment was up 7,200. Education and health services established a new record-high jobs level of 1,134,700, with growth in the education and health sectors. Professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, and mining and logging were also up in September. Nationally, jobs fell for the fourth consecutive month, down 95,000 in September.

Pennsylvania's job count is up 34,500 from September 2009. Nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 344,000 from last year.

Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)













Change from

August 2010

Change from

September 2009


September

2010

August

2010

September

2009

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,365

6,364

6,393

1

0.0%

-28

-0.4%

Employment

5,794

5,778

5,845

16

0.3%

-51

-0.9%

Unemployment

570

586

548

-16

-2.7%

22

4.0%

Rate

9.0

9.2

8.6

-0.2

----

0.4

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

154,158

154,110

153,927

48

0.0%

231

0.2%

Employment

139,391

139,250

138,768

141

0.1%

623

0.4%

Unemployment

14,767

14,860

15,159

-93

-0.6%

-392

-2.6%

Rate

9.6

9.6

9.8

0.0

----

-0.2

----



Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)













Change from

August 2010

Change from

September 2009


September

2010

August

2010

September

2009

volume

percent

volume

percent

Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,601.3

5,594.1

5,566.8

7.2

0.1%

34.5

0.6%









Goods Producing Industries

800.2

803.5

800.6

-3.3

-0.4%

-0.4

0.0%

Mining & Logging

25.5

25.3

22.0

0.2

0.8%

3.5

15.9%

Construction

215.8

218.3

217.6

-2.5

-1.1%

-1.8

-0.8%

Manufacturing

558.9

559.9

561.0

-1.0

-0.2%

-2.1

-0.4%









Service Providing Industries

4,801.1

4,790.6

4,766.2

10.5

0.2%

34.9

0.7%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,074.1

1,072.5

1,073.0

1.6

0.1%

1.1

0.1%

Information

98.1

98.9

98.4

-0.8

-0.8%

-0.3

-0.3%

Financial Activities

307.4

307.4

316.6

0.0

0.0%

-9.2

-2.9%

Professional & Business Services

672.6

670.8

661.4

1.8

0.3%

11.2

1.7%

Education & Health Services

1,134.7

1,131.0

1,119.0

3.7

0.3%

15.7

1.4%

Leisure & Hospitality

508.5

509.5

493.4

-1.0

-0.2%

15.1

3.1%

Other Services

248.0

250.0

248.2

-2.0

-0.8%

-0.2

-0.1%

Government

757.7

750.5

756.2

7.2

1.0%

1.5

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.state.pa.us

Note: October 2010 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released Nov. 18,2010.

Media contact: Christopher S. Manlove, 717-787-7530

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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