HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for June of 2017.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at 5.0 percent in June. The commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States (4.4 percent), which was up one-tenth of a percentage point from May.
Over the year, the Pennsylvania and national unemployment rates both declined by one-half of a percentage point.
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 1,000 over the month to 6,475,000. Resident employment decreased by 3,000, while the unemployment count rose by 2,000.
Pennsylvania’s nonfarm jobs count was up 6,100 to 5,936,400 in June. Although seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs, the largest movement was a decline of 6,000 in education and health services.
The two largest increases both resulted in record highs – professional and business services was up 4,900 to 813,800 and leisure and hospitality rose 4,600 to 573,500.
Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent from June of 2016, while jobs in the United States were up 1.6 percent. Seven supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs over the year, with three adding more than 20,000.
The largest increase over the past 12 months was in education and health services (up 29,800), while the largest decline was in manufacturing (down 12,200).
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.