Pennsylvania’s Labor Force Growth Continues to Record High
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up by 17,000 in December to a new record high of 6,559,000. This is the fourth consecutive month of a record labor force level.
“The increase in the civilian labor force in December is a good sign for the state’s continued recovery from the recession,” Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway said.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in December.
The total jobs count in Pennsylvania came to 5,751,500. The largest increase from November was a gain of 4,400 in construction jobs. More than 100,000 private-sector jobs have been added to the Pennsylvania economy since Governor Corbett took office in January 2011.
NOTE: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.