More Pennsylvania (PA) Jobs Lost In 2009 Than Initially Thought

The state Labor and Industry Department is newly estimating that Pennsylvania employers shed 195,000 jobs in 2009, or better than 1 in 30.

The new estimate released Thursday, however, also said employers added nearly 10,000 jobs to payrolls in January.

The department had previously estimated that employers shed about 150,00 jobs in 2009. The state’s 5.56 million jobs on record in January is the fewest since March 1999.

The department said the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in December and January after initially setting it at 8.9 percent in December.

The new estimates reflect an annual adjustment the department carries out to try to most accurately reflect all the data it collected during the year.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.8 percent in January. The state remained below the national rate of 9.7 percent in January; the state rate has been at or below the national rate for 82 of the past 85 months. Both the state rate and national rate were up 2.0 percentage points from the January 2009 rate.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count rose by 9,600 jobs in January with job growth concentrated in two supersectors. Education and health services and leisure and hospitality were up 4,500 and 3,800, respectively. Manufacturing was down 2,300 jobs.

Pennsylvania jobs were down 143,300, or 2.5 percent, since January 2009. ┬áThe United States’ job count was down by slightly more than 4 million jobs, or 3.0 percent over the same period.

Sources: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9E837600.htm and http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvanias-employment-situation-january-86411027.html

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