May 19, 2017

PA April Unemployment Rate Up 0.1 Percent To 4.9 Percent

The Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in April. This was the first increase following four consecutive declines.
The Commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States (4.4 percent), which decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from March. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by six-tenths of a percentage point, matching the national 12-month change.
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up 22,000 over the month to 6,464,000. Resident employment increased by 18,000 while the unemployment count expanded by 4,000. April was the first month since August 2016 to show an increase in resident unemployment.
Pennsylvania’s nonfarm jobs count was down 5,400 to 5,924,400 in April. Seven of the eleven supersectors declined from March, with the largest drop in education & health services (-4,600). The largest volume gain was in professional & business services (+3,400), which set a new record high.
Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 0.8 percent (+45,300) from last April while nationally jobs were up 1.6 percent. Seven supersectors added jobs over the year. The largest increase over the past 12 months was in education & health services (+31,200), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (-8,900).