Pennsylvania (PA) Unemployment Rate April

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in April, remaining unchanged from the March rate.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.9 percent and has been at or below the national rate for 85 of the past 88 months. The state’s rate was up 1.2 percentage points from April 2009, while the U.S. rate was up one percentage point from a year ago.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – rose by 12,000 residents in April to 6,470,000. The majority of the labor force gain was due to an increase in resident employment of 10,000, which grew for the fourth consecutive month, while resident unemployment inched upward by 2,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 38,000 from its April 2009 level.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose by 34,000 in April – the largest single-month gain since February 1996.

In April, eight of 11 supersectors added jobs, with the biggest gains seen in professional and business services up 12,200; trade, transportation and utilities up 8,300; and leisure and hospitality up 5,900. Manufacturing was up 4,400 in April – the third consecutive monthly increase.

Pennsylvania’s jobs count was down by 28,600, or 0.5 percent, from April 2009. This was the smallest over-the-year job decline for the state since October 2008. The United States’ job count was down by nearly 1.4 million jobs (or 1.0 percent) from April 2009.

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