Pennsylvania’s Employment Situation for July 2012

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 7.6 percent. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 51 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 69 consecutive months.
 
The state unemployment rate was down 0.2 percentage points from July 2011.
 
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 10,000 in July to 6,478,000. Resident employment was down 10,000 to 5,969,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 21,000 to 509,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 110,000 above its July 2011 level.
 
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 3,100 in July to 5,709,200. Following a downward revision to the June jobs count, this was the fourth consecutive monthly decline. Since March, jobs were down 19,100, but this followed a two-month increase of 27,400 in February and March. Both goods producers and service providers declined from June. The largest drops were in education & health services and leisure & hospitality, which were each down 3,900 jobs. Mining & logging and professional & business services reached record high levels in July.
 
Pennsylvania’s job count was up 20,000 (0.4 percent) over the year while the national total nonfarm jobs were up 1,838,000 (1.4 percent) over the past 12 months.
 
Media contact: Christopher S. 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 
                                                  July            June            July                   June 2012              July 2011    
                                                 2012           2012           2011            volume  percent        volume   percent
PA                                                                                                                                                          
Civilian Labor Force                  6,478          6,468          6,368                  10        0.2%           110        1.7%
Employment                             5,969          5,979          5,853                 -10       -0.2%           116        2.0%
Unemployment                            509             488             515                  21        4.3%              -6       -1.2%
Rate                                            7.9              7.6              8.1                 0.3           —-           -0.2           —-                                                                                                                                                    
 
 
U.S.                                                                                                                                                        
Civilian Labor Force               155,013       155,163       153,358               -150       -0.1%         1,655        1.1%
Employment                         142,220       142,415       139,450               -195       -0.1%         2,770        2.0%
Unemployment                        12,794        12,749        13,908                  45        0.4%        -1,114       -8.0%
Rate                                            8.3              8.2              9.1                 0.1           —-           -0.8           —-
 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted (in thousands) 
 
                                                                                                                 Change from         Change from 
                                                              July            June            July            June 2012            July 2011    
                                                             2012           2012           2011      volume   percent    volume   percent
 
Total Nonfarm Jobs                          5,709.2       5,712.3       5,689.2          -3.1     -0.1%         20.0      0.4%
                                                                                                                                                               
Goods Producing Industries                825.8          826.7          819.8          -0.9     -0.1%           6.0      0.7%
  Mining & Logging                                 39.6            39.2            33.5           0.4      1.0%           6.1    18.2%
  Construction                                       217.5          218.5          222.2          -1.0     -0.5%          -4.7     -2.1%
  Manufacturing                                     568.7          569.0          564.1          -0.3     -0.1%           4.6      0.8%                                                                                                                                                        
Service Providing Industries             4,883.4       4,885.6       4,869.4          -2.2      0.0%         14.0      0.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities        1,103.6       1,099.9       1,092.2           3.7      0.3%         11.4      1.0%
  Information                                           89.5            89.1            90.2           0.4      0.4%          -0.7     -0.8%
  Financial Activities                              312.5          313.2          309.5          -0.7     -0.2%           3.0      1.0%
  Professional & Business Services       722.5          718.9          708.0           3.6      0.5%         14.5      2.0%
  Education & Health Services             1,148.9       1,152.8       1,159.6          -3.9     -0.3%        -10.7     -0.9%
  Leisure & Hospitality                           522.0          525.9          508.7          -3.9     -0.7%         13.3      2.6%
  Other Services                                    257.0          255.2          254.2           1.8      0.7%           2.8      1.1%
  Government                                        727.4          730.6          747.0          -3.2     -0.4%        -19.6     -2.6%                                                                                                                                                       
 
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: August 2012 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released September 20, 2012.

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