Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: November 2010

Dec 16, 2010, 13:01 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from October.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained below the national rate of 9.8 percent, and has been at or below the national rate for 92 of the past 95 months. The state rate was down 0.1 of a percentage point from November 2009, while the U.S. rate was two-tenths of a percentage point below its rate from last November.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month, and November was the third consecutive 0.2 of a percentage point decrease.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 5,000 in November to 6,362,000. Resident employment rose by 9,000, the third consecutive month of growth. The number of unemployed residents fell by 13,000 to 547,000, down 46,000 from its peak level in July 2010. Pennsylvania's labor force was down 32,000 from its November 2009 level.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose by 5,100 in November to 5,619,700. Growth was seen in eight of 11 supersectors, and was split nearly evenly between goods-producing and service-providing industries. Trade, transportation and utilities showed the largest increase of any supersector, up 3,600. Other supersectors that added at least 1,000 jobs were professional and business services; education and health services; construction; government; and manufacturing. Leisure and hospitality, down 6,700, posted its largest single-month decline since March 1993. Mining and logging showed its first decline of 2010.  

Nationally, jobs rose for the second consecutive month, up 39,000 in November.

Pennsylvania's job count is up 57,000 (1.0 percent) from November 2009; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 842,000 (0.6 percent) from last year.

Media contact: Christopher Manlove, (717) 787-7530

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

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)











Change from

Change from


November

October

November

October 2010

November 2009


2010

2010

2009

volume

percent

volume

percent

















PA








Civilian Labor Force

6,362

6,367

6,394

-5

-0.1%

-32

-0.5%

Employment

5,815

5,806

5,835

9

0.2%

-20

-0.3%

Unemployment

547

560

558

-13

-2.3%

-11

-2.0%

Rate

8.6

8.8

8.7

-0.2

----

-0.1

----









U.S.








Civilian Labor Force

154,007

153,904

153,720

103

0.1%

287

0.2%

Employment

138,888

139,061

138,381

-173

-0.1%

507

0.4%

Unemployment

15,119

14,843

15,340

276

1.9%

-221

-1.4%

Rate

9.8

9.6

10.0

0.2

----

-0.2

----



Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)





Change from

Change from


November

October

November

October 2010

November 2009


2010

2010

2009

volume

percent

volume

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,619.7

5,614.6

5,562.7

5.1

0.1%

57.0

1.0%









Goods Producing Industries

805.4

802.7

797.3

2.7

0.3%

8.1

1.0%

 Mining & Logging

26.0

26.2

22.8

-0.2

-0.8%

3.2

14.0%

 Construction

216.8

214.9

218.7

1.9

0.9%

-1.9

-0.9%

 Manufacturing

562.6

561.6

555.8

1.0

0.2%

6.8

1.2%









Service Providing Industries

4,814.3

4,811.9

4,765.4

2.4

0.0%

48.9

1.0%

 Trade, Transportation & Utilities

1,078.3

1,074.7

1,068.5

3.6

0.3%

9.8

0.9%

 Information

98.5

99.2

98.1

-0.7

-0.7%

0.4

0.4%

 Financial Activities

309.5

309.5

314.7

0.0

0.0%

-5.2

-1.7%

 Professional & Business Services

672.9

670.6

662.0

2.3

0.3%

10.9

1.6%

 Education & Health Services

1,144.8

1,142.9

1,126.1

1.9

0.2%

18.7

1.7%

 Leisure & Hospitality

502.5

509.2

491.5

-6.7

-1.3%

11.0

2.2%

 Other Services

249.9

249.3

247.8

0.6

0.2%

2.1

0.8%

 Government

757.9

756.5

756.7

1.4

0.2%

1.2

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: December 2010 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released Jan. 20, 2011.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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