News for Immediate Release

May 17, 2012

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation for April 2012

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the 7.5 percent March rate. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.1 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 48 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 66 consecutive months.
 
The state's unemployment rate was down 0.5 percentage points from April 2011.
 
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 21,000 in April to 6,428,000. Resident employment was up 27,000 to 5,954,000, and the number of unemployed residents fell 6,000 to 474,000. Pennsylvania's labor force was 32,000 above its April 2011 level.
 
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 600 in April to 5,727,700. Goods-producers were down 4,100 due to a drop in construction of 5,400. Service-providing jobs increased 3,500 to a record high of 4,895,900. Trade, transportation & utilities had the largest increase of any supersector in April, adding 4,400 jobs. Leisure & hospitality set a new record high level this month, increasing to 524,900 jobs.
 
Pennsylvania's job count was up 38,600 (0.7 percent) over the year while national total nonfarm jobs were up 1,816,000 (1.4 percent) over the past 12 months.
April 
2012
March 
2012
April
2011
Change from 
March 2012
Change from 
April 2012
volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,428 6,407 6,396 21 0.3% 32 0.5%
Employment 5,954 5,927 5,888 27 0.5% 66 1.1%
Unemployment 474 480 507 -6 -1.3% -33 -6.5%
Rate 7.4 7.5 7.9 -0.1 ---- -0.5 ----
 
US
Civilian Labor Force 154,365 154,707 153,420 -342 -0.2% 945 0.6%
Employment 141,865 142.034 139,628 -169 -0.1% 2,237 1.6%
Unemployment 12,500 12,673 13,792 -173 -1.4% -1,292 -9.4%
Rate 8.1 8.2 9.0 -0.1 ---- -0.9 ----
 
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
April 
2012
March
2012
April 
2011
Change from 
March 2012
Change from 
April 2011
volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,727.7 5,728.3 5,689.1 -0.6 0.0% 38.6 0.7%
 
Goods Producing Industries 831.8 835.9 818.6 -4.1 -0.5% 13.2 1.6%
  Mining & Logging 38.9 38.5 31.6 0.4 1.0% 7.3 23.1%
  Construction 221.5 226.9 221.7 -5.4 -2.4% -0.2 -0.1%
  Manufacturing 571.4 570.5 565.3 0.9 0.2% 6.1 1.1%
 
Service Providing Industries 4,895.9 4,892.4 4,870.5 3.5 0.1% 25.4 0.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,103.4 1,099.0 1,095.6 4.4 0.4% 7.8 0.7%
  Information 89.6 88.9 91.1 0.7 0.8% -1.5 -1.6%
  Financial Activities 312.5 312.5 309.0 0.0 0.0% 3.5 1.1%
  Professional & Business Services 714.0 716.1 713.1 -2.1 -0.3% 0.9 0.1%
  Education & Health Services 1,166.5 1,166.2 1,149.6 0.3 0.0% 16.9 1.5%
  Leisure & Hospitality 524.9 523.0 510.7 1.9 0.4% 14.2 2.8%
  Other Services 253.7 253.7 253.3 0.0 0.0% 0.4 0.2%
  Government 731.3 733.0 748.1 -1.7 -0.2% -16.8 -2.2%
 
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analsys at 877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.paworkstats.state.pa.us
 
Note: May 2012 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 14, 2012.


Media Contact:
Christopher S. Manlove, 717-787-7530