Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: January 2011

Mar 03, 2011, 11:25 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in January, down from 8.5 percent in December 2010.

January's decline was the first drop in four months, and the twelfth consecutive month without an increase in the state unemployment rate.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 18,000 in January to 6,344,000. Resident employment rose by 30,000 to 5,821,000 while the number of unemployed residents fell 12,000 to 523,000, its lowest level since June 2009. Pennsylvania's labor force was down 3,000 from its January 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania increased 6,100 from December to 5,646,000. The largest gains were in Construction and Manufacturing, each up 4,100 in January. Manufacturing's addition of 4,100 jobs was the supersector's largest increase since June 2000. Education & Health Services showed the largest decline of any supersector in January, down 4,400. Mining & Logging was up 400 to 29,400, the highest level since 1990.

Pennsylvania's job count was up 70,300 (1.3 percent) from January 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 984,000 (0.8 percent) from last year.

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

Editor's Note: Because the data included in each month's press release (primarily civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs data) are sample based, the data are subject to revisions. Once each year, estimates are adjusted to new levels based on additional or revised information collected after the initial release of the data (called a benchmark). Additionally, seasonal adjustment factors for historic labor force and nonfarm jobs data are updated each year. Revisions to the labor force and nonfarm jobs data have been completed and are reflected in the January news release.

For more information on the benchmarking process and revisions to historical data, or 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      

A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics is available on the Department of Labor & Industry's website at

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry