November 18, 2016

PA Unemployment Rate Increased To 5.8 Percent In October

The Department of Labor & Industry Friday reported Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point in October from September to 5.8 percent.
Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up 8,000 from September to 6,531,000. Resident employment increased by 3,000 while the unemployment count rose 5,000.
Total nonfarm jobs declined 1,800 to 5,900,400 in October. Jobs in seven of the 11 supersectors were down from September. The largest movement among supersectors was a gain of 2,500 leisure & hospitality jobs, which reached a record high of 563,500. Professional & business services had the largest drop in October, down 2,000 from September's record high level.
The September nonfarm jobs count was revised upward by 7,000 to 5,902,200 jobs, the highest count on record.
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 38,400 (+0.7%). Eight of the 11 supersectors added jobs from last September. The largest increase over the past twelve months was in education & health services (+17,700), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-6,800).