July Jobs Report: Minor Increase in PA Unemployment Rate

Unemployment-300x225The Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report for July today, revealing yet another mixed bag of results.

Bad News

The unemployment rate in PA increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.6 percent to 5.7 percent, between June and July. The unemployment rate across the nation increased at the same rate this month, which went from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent.

The size of PA’s workforce, which represents the individuals currently working or searching for employment, decreased in July from 6,371,000 to 6,403,000.

July marks the first time the unemployment rate increased since June 2012.

Good News

Despite the increase, the PA unemployment rate in July was still 1.8 percentage points lower than it was a year ago in July 2013.

Despite July’s decline, PA’s numbers for the year have been moving steadily upward. Since the beginning of 2014, 21,000 people have become employed who were not previously.

July’s unemployment increase only occurred in private sector jobs, and public sector jobs continued to grow. July’s largest gain was 3,500 jobs in construction, while its largest loss was 4,400 jobs in leisure and hospitality.

One Response

  1. There is a major error in this article that makes it difficult to understand:

    “The size of PA’s workforce, which represents the individuals currently working or searching for employment, decreased in July from 6,371,000 to 6,403,000.”

    Did the workforce decrease from 6.403 to 6.371, or did it INCREASE from 6.371 to 6.403? A drop or a rise in labor force participation paints two very different pictures, so you should clarify which one.

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