Pennsylvania Unemployment Situation: March 2010

The Pennsylvania seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in March, up one tenth of a percentage point from the February rate.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.7 percent and has been at or below the national rate for 84 of the past 87 months. The state rate was up 1.5 percentage points from March 2009, while the U.S. rate was up 1.1 percentage points from a year ago.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force –– the number of people working or looking for work –– rose by 6,000 residents in March to 6,458,000, the highest level in 14 months. Resident employment rose 2,000, while unemployment was up 5,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 19,000 since March 2009.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose by 22,600 in March – the third increase in the past six months and largest single-month gain since April 2005. March’s biggest supersector gains were seen in education and health services, up 6,700; leisure and hospitality, up 5,200; and construction, up 4,900.  Manufacturing added jobs in back-to-back months for the first time in nearly three years.

Pennsylvania’s job count was down 84,300, or 1.5 percent, since March 2009. This was the first time the over-the-year job decline was below 100,000 since December 2008.  The United States’ job count was down 2.3 million jobs from last year, a 1.8 percent drop.

Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

Change from Change from
March February March February 2010 March 2009
2010 2010 2009 volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,458 6,452 6,439 6 0.1% 19 0.3%
Employment 5,876 5,874 5,956 2 0.0% -80 -1.3%
Unemployment 582 577 483 5 0.9% 99 20.5%
Rate 9.0 8.9 7.5 0.1 —- 1.5 —-
U.S.
Civilian Labor Force 153,910 153,512 154,164 398 0.3% -254 -0.2%
Employment 138,905 138,641 140,854 264 0.2% -1,949 -1.4%
Unemployment 15,005 14,871 13,310 134 0.9% 1,695 12.7%
Rate 9.7 9.7 8.6 0.0 —- 1.1 —-
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

Change from Change from
March February March February 2010 March 2009
2010 2010 2009 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,572.3 5,549.7 5,656.6 22.6 0.4% -84.3 -1.5%
Goods Producing Industries 795.7 789.5 846.4 6.2 0.8% -50.7 -6.0%
Mining & Logging 23.7 23.3 21.9 0.4 1.7% 1.8 8.2%
Construction 217.1 212.2 233.3 4.9 2.3% -16.2 -6.9%
Manufacturing 554.9 554.0 591.2 0.9 0.2% -36.3 -6.1%
Service Providing Industries 4,776.6 4,760.2 4,810.2 16.4 0.3% -33.6 -0.7%
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,068.9 1,069.6 1,088.1 -0.7 -0.1% -19.2 -1.8%
Information 99.0 99.0 101.3 0.0 0.0% -2.3 -2.3%
Financial Activities 310.6 311.4 322.0 -0.8 -0.3% -11.4 -3.5%
Professional & Business Services 664.2 663.9 682.0 0.3 0.0% -17.8 -2.6%
Education & Health Services 1,129.8 1,123.1 1,116.3 6.7 0.6% 13.5 1.2%
Leisure & Hospitality 497.2 492.0 495.2 5.2 1.1% 2.0 0.4%
Other Services 249.0 248.1 251.3 0.9 0.4% -2.3 -0.9%
Government 757.9 753.1 754.0 4.8 0.6% 3.9 0.5%
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