PA Department of Labor Releases Latest Unemployment Report: Rate Remains at 4.8 Percent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for March 2018.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 4.8 percent in March. The rate has been 4.8 percent for ten consecutive months. The commonwealth’s rate stayed above the U.S. rate of 4.1 percent, which was also unchanged from February. Since March 2017, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point.

The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was down 18,000 over the month to 6,393,000 because of declines in both employment and unemployment. Resident employment and unemployment were also each down over the past twelve months, by 26,000 and 20,000, respectively.

The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 2,700 from February to a record high of 6,004,600. This was the twelfth record high in a row. Jobs were up in seven of the 11 industry supersectors. For the second month in a row, education & health services experienced the largest gain. Education & health services and professional & business services both reached new record highs in March.

Since March 2017, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.4 percent. During this same timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs. The largest volume increase over the past 12 months was in education & health services, up 35,000, while the largest drop was in government, down 2,400.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.

A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  March February March February 2018 March 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,393 6,411 6,440 -18 -0.3% -47 -0.7%
Employment 6,089 6,101 6,115 -12 -0.2% -26 -0.4%
Unemployment 304 310 324 -6 -1.9% -20 -6.2%
Rate 4.8 4.8 5.0 0.0 —- -0.2 —-
             
U.S.            
Civilian Labor Force 161,763 161,921 160,235 -158 -0.1% 1,528  1.0%
Employment 155,178 155,215 153,064 -37  0.0%0.0% 2,114  1.4%
Unemployment 6,585 6,706 7,171 -121 -1.8% -586 -8.2%
Rate 4.1 4.1 4.5 0.0 —- -0.4 —-
Note: April 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released May 18,2018.

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
March February March February 2018 March 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,004.6 6,001.9 5,920.6 2.7  0.0%  84.0  1.4%
 
Goods Producing Industries 847.6 848.6 828.8 -1.0 -0.1%  18.8  2.3%
  Mining & Logging 27.2 27.4 25.5 -0.2 -0.7%  1.7  6.7%
  Construction 256.0 255.8 242.4 0.2  0.1%  13.6  5.6%
  Manufacturing 564.4 565.4 560.9 -1.0 -0.2%  3.5  0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,157.0 5,153.3 5,091.8 3.7  0.1%  65.2  1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,129.5 1,128.9 1,125.3 0.6  0.1%  4.2  0.4%
  Information 82.1 81.9 83.7 0.2  0.2% -1.6 -1.9%
  Financial Activities 322.7 323.9 320.3 -1.2 -0.4%  2.4  0.7%
  Professional & Business Services 811.0 810.7 797.4 0.3  0.0% 13.6  1.7%
  Education & Health Services 1,272.3 1,269.6 1,237.3 2.7  0.2% 35.0  2.8%
  Leisure & Hospitality 576.1 576.5 564.4 -0.4 -0.1% 11.7  2.1%
  Other Services 262.7 262.0 260.4 0.7  0.3%  2.3  0.9%
  Government 700.6 699.8 703.0 0.8  0.1% -2.4 -0.3%
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.workstats.dli.pa.gov
Note: April 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released May 18,2018.

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