Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: May

Jun 17, 2010, 14:37 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April.

Pennsylvania's rate remained below the national rate of 9.7 percent and has been at or below the national rate for 86 of the past 89 months. The state rate was up 1.1 percentage points from May 2009, while the U.S. rate was up three-tenths of a point over the year.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – fell by 8,000 residents in May to 6,463,000. The majority of the labor force drop was a decrease in resident employment of 15,000, while unemployment rose by 7,000. The Pennsylvania labor force was up 44,000 from its May 2009 level.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count rose by 19,500 in May to 5,625,900 – its highest level in 13 months.  

Pennsylvania has added 76,200 jobs in the past three months. May job growth was boosted by federal government temporary hires for the 2010 Census. Manufacturing rose for the fourth consecutive month, up 900 jobs in May.

Fueled by Census hiring, the United States added 431,000 total nonfarm jobs in May, its best month in over 10 years.

Pennsylvania's job count was up 5,700 from May 2009. This marked the first time Pennsylvania's job count eclipsed its corresponding year-ago count since September 2008. The United States' job count was down 571,000 jobs from May 2009.

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

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)





Change from

Change from


May

April

May

April 2010

May 2009


2010

2010

2009

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,463

6,471

6,419

-8

-0.1%

44

0.7%

Employment

5,872

5,887

5,906

-15

-0.3%

-34

-0.6%

Unemployment

591

584

514

7

1.2%

77

15.0%

Rate

9.1

9.0

8.0

0.1

----

1.1

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

154,393

154,715

154,956

-322

-0.2%

-563

-0.4%

Employment

139,420

139,455

140,438

-35

0.0%

-1,018

-0.7%

Unemployment

14,973

15,260

14,518

-287

-1.9%

455

3.1%

Rate

9.7

9.9

9.4

-0.2

----

0.3

----



Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)


May

April

May

Change from

Change from


2010

2010

2009

April 2010

May 2009





volume

percent

volume

percent

Total Nonfarm

5,625.9

5,606.4

5,620.2

19.5

0.3%

5.7

0.1%

Jobs








Goods Producing

802.7

803.7

823.8

-1.0

-0.1%

-21.1

-2.6%

Industries








 Mining & Logging

23.9

23.9

21.6

0.0

0.0%

2.3

10.6%

 Construction

218.7

220.6

225.5

-1.9

-0.9%

-6.8

-3.0%

 Manufacturing

560.1

559.2

576.7

0.9

0.2%

-16.6

-2.9%









Service Providing

4,823.2

4,802.7

4,796.4

20.5

0.4%

26.8

0.6%

Industries








 Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,077.5

1,076.7

1,082.9

0.8

0.1%

-5.4

-0.5%

 Information

98.1

98.2

100.0

-0.1

-0.1%

-1.9

-1.9%

 Financial Activities

310.9

310.2

320.3

0.7

0.2%

-9.4

-2.9%

 Professional & Business Services

678.4

676.2

672.0

2.2

0.3%

6.4

1.0%

 Education & Health Services

1,132.0

1,131.0

1,118.4

1.0

0.1%

13.6

1.2%

 Leisure & Hospitality

503.7

502.2

496.5

1.5

0.3%

7.2

1.5%

 Other Services

248.7

248.6

250.4

0.1

0.0%

-1.7

-0.7%

 Government

773.9

759.6

755.9

14.3

1.9%

18.0

2.4%



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: June 2010 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 15, 2010.

Media contact: Troy Thompson, 717-787-7530

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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