Wednesday, October 5 2022

Jobs up 31,000 since June

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for July 2022.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point during the month to 4.3% in July. The unemployment rate in the United States fell a tenth of a percentage point during the month to 3.5%. The Commonwealth unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than its July 2021 level and the national rate was down 1.9 percentage points on the year.

“The July jobs report is a testament to the ability of workers in Pennsylvania to recover from a crisis, support their families, and contribute to a strong economy that benefits us all,” the secretary said. by L&I, Jennifer Berrier. “While the unemployment rate continues to fall steadily, employment growth continues across all sectors, from professional and business services to trade and transportation. This month marks the first time since June 2019 that we have an unemployment rate of 4.3%.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force — the estimated number of residents working or seeking work — remained unchanged during the month. Employment increased by 12,000 (to 6,171,000) while resident unemployment fell by 12,000 (to 275,000).

Total non-farm payrolls in Pennsylvania rose by 31,000 during the month to 5,979,500 in July. Jobs rose from June in 9 of the industry’s 11 supersectors with the largest volume increase in professional and business services (+11,000). During the year, total non-farm payrolls increased by 203,800, with gains in 10 of 11 supersectors. Trade, transportation and utilities posted the largest 12-month gain, adding 60,500 jobs. Three supersectors – trade, transport and public services; information; and professional and business services – were above their pre-pandemic employment levels in July 2022.

From April 2020 to July 2022, Pennsylvania recovered about 90% of the jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic period.

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

Note: The above data is seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid monthly comparison. July data is preliminary and subject to revision.

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


Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally adjusted

(in thousands)
Change Change
July June July June 2022 July 2021
2022 2022 2021 volume percent volume percent
Pennsylvania
Civilian workforce 6,446 6,446 6,411 0 0.0% 35 0.5%
Use 6,171 6,159 6,002 12 0.2% 169 2.8%
Unemployment 275 287 409 -12 -4.2% -134 -32.8%
Assess 4.3 4.5 6.4 -0.2 —- -2.1 —-
WE
Civilian workforce 163,960 164,023 161,375 -63 0.0% 2,585 1.6%
Use 158,290 158 111 152,704 179 0.1% 5,586 3.7%
Unemployment 5,670 5,912 8,671 -242 -4.1% -3,001 -34.6%
Assess 3.5 3.6 5.4 -0.1 —- -1.9 —-
Note: August 2022 labor force and non-farm employment statistics will be released on September 16, 2022.

Pennsylvania Wage and non-farm wage employment

Seasonally adjusted

(in thousands)

Change Change
July June July June 2022 July 2021
2022 2022 2021 volume percent volume percent
Total non-farm employment 5,979.5 5,948.5 5,775.7 31.0 0.5% 203.8 3.5%
Goods-producing industries 841.6 840.1 818.3 1.5 0.2% 23.3 2.8%
Mining and logging 23.3 23.2 21.7 0.1 0.4% 1.6 7.4%
Construction 256.7 255.6 254.2 1.1 0.4% 2.5 1.0%
Manufacturing 561.6 561.3 542.4 0.3 0.1% 19.2 3.5%
Service delivery industries 5,137.9 5,108.4 4,957.4 29.5 0.6% 180.5 3.6%
Commerce, transport and public services 1,164.4 1,157.6 1,103.9 6.8 0.6% 60.5 5.5%
Information 89.8 89.7 86.4 0.1 0.1% 3.4 3.9%
Financial activities 329.3 329.7 327.5 -0.4 -0.1% 1.8 0.5%
Professional and business services 830.9 819.9 801.0 11.0 1.3% 29.9 3.7%
Education and health services 1,267.5 1,258.2 1,232.2 9.3 0.7% 35.3 2.9%
Leisure & Hospitality 536.2 534.6 486.7 1.6 0.3% 49.5 10.2%
Other services 248.8 246.4 237.4 2.4 1.0% 11.4 4.8%
Government 671.0 672.3 682.3 -1.3 -0.2% -11.3 -1.7%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted industry-level employment data, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.paworkstats.pa.gov
Note: August 2022 labor force and non-farm employment statistics will be released on September 16, 2022.

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