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PA Unemployment Rate at 5.7% in July

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for July 2014.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose in July to 5.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from June. This was the first gain in the state unemployment rate since June 2012. The commonwealth's rate was five-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, which was also up one-tenth of a point in July. The state rate was down 1.8 percentage points from its July 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 32,000 in July to 6,371,000 due to a decline in resident employment (-35,000). Despite July's decline, employment has been trending upward.  Pennsylvania's employment has gone up 40,000 in the past year, and is up 21,000 so far in 2014. Unemployment, up 400, increased for the first time since August 2012.

Total nonfarm jobs decreased by 700 from June to 5,793,000. This decline followed gains in the previous three months which totaled 35,800. July's drop was limited to private industry, down 3,400, as public sector jobs grew for the sixth consecutive month. The largest gain in July was in construction (+3,500), while the largest drop was in leisure & hospitality (-4,400).

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,100 (+0.9%). The growth was almost entirely within private industries, with the largest gains in construction and trade, transportation & utilities.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.

Media Contact: Sara Goulet, 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


July

June

July 

June 2014

July 2013


2014

2014

2013

volume 

percent 

volume 

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force 

6,371

6,403

6,457

-32

-0.5%

-86

-1.3%

Employment 

6,011

6,046

5,971

-35

-0.6%

40

0.7%

Unemployment 

361

357

486

4

1.1%

-125

-25.7%

Rate 

5.7

5.6

7.5

0.1

----

-1.8

----









U.S.  








Civilian Labor Force 

156,023

155,694

155,693

329

0.2%

330

0.2%

Employment 

146,352

146,221

144,285

131

0.1%

2,067

1.4%

Unemployment 

9,671

9,474

11,408

197

2.1%

-1,737

-15.2%

Rate 

6.2

6.1

7.3

0.1

----

-1.1

----

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)






Change from 

Change from


July 

June 

July 

June 2014 

July 2013


2014

2014

2013

volume 

percent 

volume 

percent









Total Nonfarm Jobs 

5,793.0

5,793.7

5,738.9

-0.7

0.0%

54.1

0.9%









Goods Producing Industries 

837.6

832.2

824.3

5.4

0.6%

13.3

1.6%

  Mining & Logging 

38.1

37.8

36.0

0.3

0.8%

2.1

5.8%

  Construction 

241.1

237.6

225.8

3.5

1.5%

15.3

6.8%

  Manufacturing 

558.4

556.8

562.5

1.6

0.3%

-4.1

-0.7%









Service Providing Industries 

4,955.4

4,961.5

4,914.6

-6.1

-0.1%

40.8

0.8%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 

1,116.6

1,114.2

1,102.1

2.4

0.2%

14.5

1.3%

  Information 

84.4

85.4

88.2

-1.0

-1.2%

-3.8

-4.3%

  Financial Activities 

316.3

317.8

312.4

-1.5

-0.5%

3.9

1.2%

  Professional & Business Services 

757.8

759.7

752.2

-1.9

-0.3%

5.6

0.7%

  Education & Health Services 

1,167.6

1,166.5

1,154.4

1.1

0.1%

13.2

1.1%

  Leisure & Hospitality 

540.8

545.2

533.9

-4.4

-0.8%

6.9

1.3%

  Other Services 

254.4

257.9

251.9

-3.5

-1.4%

2.5

1.0%

  Government 

717.5

714.8

719.5

2.7

0.4%

-2.0

-0.3%

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.pa.gov

Note: August 2014 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released September 19, 2014.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

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