April Jobs Report: PA Unemployment Holds at 5.3%

Unemployment-300x225The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released the employment statistics for April 2015.

This report showed that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 5.3 percent from March, a rate that is one-tenth of a percentage point under the national rate of 5.4 percent.

Pennsylvania has seen a significant decline in the unemployment rate since April of last year when it was up 0.7 percentage points.

Overall, nine of the eleven supersectors saw an increase in jobs from March, with the largest increase in construction (up 10,000). Only two of the eleven supersectors saw a decrease of jobs from a year ago- information and government.

A record high of 5,845,800 total nonfarm jobs was hit in April after this number increased by 27,000. Over the year, there has been an increase of 64,400 (+1.1%) total nonfarm jobs.

The total civilian labor force increased 19,000 to 6,393,000. Resident employment rose by 14,000 while unemployment also went up by 4,000.

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

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