News for Immediate Release

September 15, 2011

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: August 2011

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in August, up from 7.8 percent in July. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent in August, and has been below the U.S. rate for 40 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 58 consecutive months.
 
Pennsylvania's August unemployment rate was down 0.4 percentage points from August 2010.
 
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 6,000 in August to 6,309,000. Resident employment fell by 16,000 to 5,792,000 while the number of unemployed residents rose 22,000 to 516,000. Pennsylvania's labor force was 13,000 below its August 2010 level.
 
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1,500 in August to 5,683,600. Among Pennsylvania's 11 supersectors, Professional & Business Services showed the biggest volume increase in August (up 3,100), with employment services showing noticeable growth. Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs, with both durable and non-durable goods makers contributing. Financial Activities and Trade, Transportation & Utilities each added over 1,000 jobs in August. The biggest decline in August occurred in Information (down 3,500).
 
Pennsylvania's nonfarm job count was up 56,600 (1.0 percent) from August 2010; nationally nonfarm jobs were up 1.26 million (1.0 percent) from last August.
 
Editor's Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.
 
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
August
2011
July
2011
August
2010
Change from
July 2011
Change from
August 2010
volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,309 6,303 6,322 6 0.1% -13 -0.2%
Employment 5,792 5,808 5,781 -16 -0.3% 11 0.2%
Unemployment 516 494 541 22 4.5% -25 -4.6%
Rate 8.2 7.8 8.6 0.4 ---- -0.4 ----
US
Civilian Labor Force 153,594 153,228 154,117 366 0.2% -523 -0.3%
Employment 139,627 139,296 139,267 331 0.2% 360 0.3%
Unemployment 13,967 13,931 14,849 36 0.3% -882 -5.9%
Rate 9.1 9.1 9.6 0.0 ---- -0.5 ----
 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
August
2011
July
2011
August
2010
Change from
July 2011
Change from
August 2010
volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,683.6 5,682.1 5,627.0 1.5 0.0% 56.6 1.0%
Goods Producing Industries 827.3 824.4 805.3 2.9 0.4% 22.0 2.7%
  Mining & Logging 32.4 31.6 27.4 0.8 2.5% 5.0 18.2%
  Construction 219.5 219.6 215.8 -0.1 0.0% 3.7 1.7%
  Manufacturing 575.4 573.2 562.1 2.2 0.4% 13.3 2.4%
Service Providing Industries 4,856.3 4,857.7 4,821.7 -1.4 0.0% 34.6 0.7%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,097.1 1,096.0 1,083.8 1.1 0.1% 13.3 1.2%
  Information 92.9 96.4 93.2 -3.5 -3.6% -0.3 -0.3%
  Financial Activities 311.6 309.9 310.2 1.7 0.5% 1.4 0.5%
  Professional & Business Services 698.7 695.6 689.8 3.1 0.4% 8.9 1.3%
  Education & Health Services 1,154.8 1,156.1 1,137.1 -1.3 -0.1% 17.7 1.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality 510.5 512.4 501.3 -1.9 -0.4% 9.2 1.8%
  Other Services 254.3 253.4 251.1 0.9 0.4% 3.2 1.3%
  Government 736.4 737.9 755.2 -1.5 -0.2% -18.8 -2.5%
 
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: September 2011 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released October 20, 2011.


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