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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point in December to 6.9 percent. This was the first time in nearly five years (January 2009) that the rate was below 7 percent, and it was the largest one-month decline since July 1983. The unemployment rate was down by one percentage point from December 2012.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work –was down 15,000 in December to 6,443,000. Resident employment was up 12,000 to 6,000,000, and the number of unemployed residents fell 27,000 to 443,000. Pennsylvania's labor force was down by 92,000 over the year with declines in both employment (-16,000) and unemployment (-76,000).

Total nonfarm jobs fell by 11,400 in December to 5,761,600. Eight of the eleven supersectors declined, causing drops in both goods-producing (-7,500) and service-providing (-3,900) industries. The largest declines were in education & health services (-9,600) and construction (-7,000). Trade, transportation & utilities, up 8,100 from November, had the largest gain of any supersector for the second month in a row.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 19,000 (+0.3%). The growth was primarily within private service-providing industries. The largest gains were in leisure & hospitality (+13,200), professional & business services (+11,900), and trade, transportation & utilities (+8,000).

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


December 

November 

December 

November 2013 

December 2012


2013

2013

2012

volume 

percent 

volume 

percent

PA








Civilian Labor Force 

6,443

6,458

6,535

-15

-0.2%

-92

-1.4%

Employment 

6,000

5,988

6,016

12

0.2%

-16

-0.3%

Unemployment 

443

470

519

-27

-5.7%

-76

-14.6%

Rate 

6.9

7.3

7.9

-0.4

----

-1.0

----

U.S.








Civilian Labor Force 

154,937

155,284

155,485

-347

-0.2%

-548

-0.4%

Employment 

144,586

144,443

143,212

143

0.1%

1,374

1.0%

Unemployment

10,351

10,841

12,273

-490

-4.5%

-1,922

-15.7%

Rate 

6.7

7.0

7.9

-0.3

----

-1.2

----

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)





Change from

Change from


December 

November 

December 

November 2013 

December 2012


2013

2013

2012

volume 

percent 

volume 

percent

Total Nonfarm Jobs 

5,761.6

5,773.0

5,742.6

-11.4

-0.2%

19.0

0.3%

Goods Producing Industries 

822.3

829.8

830.5

-7.5

-0.9%

-8.2

-1.0%

Mining & Logging 

37.1

36.2

36.6

0.9

2.5%

0.5

1.4%

Construction 

220.5

227.5

228.1

-7.0

-3.1%

-7.6

-3.3%

Manufacturing 

564.7

566.1

565.8

-1.4

-0.2%

-1.1

-0.2%

Service Providing Industries 

4,939.3

4,943.2

4,912.1

-3.9

-0.1%

27.2

0.6%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities 

1,113.5

1,105.4

1,105.5

8.1

0.7%

8.0

0.7%

Information 

88.4

88.5

90.2

-0.1

-0.1%

-1.8

-2.0%

Financial Activities 

312.3

313.0

309.7

-0.7

-0.2%

2.6

0.8%

Professional & Business Services 

745.6

747.4

733.7

-1.8

-0.2%

11.9

1.6%

Education & Health Services 

1,175.3

1,184.9

1,174.5

-9.6

-0.8%

0.8

0.1%

Leisure & Hospitality 

533.9

534.2

520.7

-0.3

-0.1%

13.2

2.5%

Other Services 

258.7

259.6

257.0

-0.9

-0.3%

1.7

0.7%

Government 

711.6

710.2

720.8

1.4

0.2%

-9.2

-1.3%

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: January 2014 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released March 7, 2014. 

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