HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July, up from 7.6 percent in June. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent in July, and has been below the U.S. rate for 39 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 57 consecutive months.
Pennsylvania's July unemployment rate was down 0.8 percentage points from July 2010.
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 24,000 in July to 6,303,000. Resident employment fell by 39,000 to 5,809,000 while the number of unemployed residents was up 15,000 to 494,000. Pennsylvania's labor force was 24,000 below its July 2010 level.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 8,700 in July to 5,693,200. Goods-producing and service-providing industries added jobs from June. Goods-producing industries were up 1,900 jobs due to increases in all three of its supersectors. Mining & Logging jobs were up 300 to a record high of 31,600. Service-providing industries were up 6,800 jobs in July to 4,868,600. Five of the eight service-providing supersectors added jobs from June. The largest increase was in Education & Health Services, with Educational Services accounting for the gain. Government showed the largest decline of any supersector, down 3,800 due entirely to Local Government.
Pennsylvania's nonfarm job count was up 70,500 (1.3 percent) from July 2010; nationally nonfarm jobs were up 1.3 million (1.0 percent) from last July.
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Editor's Note: Visit the Department of Labor & Industry online at www.dli.state.pa.us for a breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry