Pennsylvania’s Employment Situation: March 2007

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force –– the number of people working or looking for work –– fell by 51,000 residents in March to 6,257,000. Resident employment and unemployment were down 35,000 and 16,000 respectively for the month. The labor force total was down 35,000 from March 2006. The number of employed Pennsylvania residents rose by 18,000 persons and unemployment was down 53,000 since March 2006.

In the DuBois Micropolitan Statistical Area, 2,600 people — or about 5.8 percent were looking for work. Adjusting those numbers for the seasons gives a DuBois MSA unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment fell to 3.8 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February. The rate was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from March 2006. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count rose by 6,000 in March to a record high of 5,796,600 jobs. Jobs have risen in nine consecutive months and in 14 of the past 15 months. Goods-producing industries outperformed service-providing industries for the first time since June 2006. Noticeable job growth was seen in construction, education & health services, and trade, transportation & utilities. Manufacturing added 1,300 jobs in March, due in part to the end of a strike at Harley-Davidson’s York County facility.

Pennsylvania added 55,800 jobs since March 2006, an increase of 1 percent. The United States added 1,963,000 jobs, or 1.4 percent during the same period.

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