PA Unemployment Rate at 5.4% in May

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has released its employment situation report for May 2015.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from April to 5.4 percent. Pennsylvania’s rate was one-tenth of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 5.5 percent, which also increased by one-tenth of a percentage point in May. The commonwealth’s rate was down 0.5 percentage points from May 2014 while the national rate declined by 0.8 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force rose 25,000 from April to 6,417,000. Both resident employment and unemployment increased, up 18,000 and 8,000, respectively.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 18,200 in May to a record high of 5,856,900. Both the private and public sectors added jobs in May. Education & health services had the largest gain of any supersector, up 8,900 to a record high of 1,197,400.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 66,800 (+1.2%). The growth was concentrated within private industries, with the largest gains in trade, transportation & utilities, education & health services, and construction.

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