Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 3.9 Percent

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has released its employment situation report for July of 2019.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent in July, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the record low that was held from April through June. The national rate, at 3.7 percent, was unchanged from June.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point from July of 2018.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 1,000 to 6,470,000. Employment declined by 3,000 from June’s record high, while unemployment (+4,000) rose for the first time in 2019.

The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, increased 1,500 over the month to 6,038,800 in July. Jobs were up in six of the 11 industry supersectors.

The largest supersector movement from June was an increase of 6,900 in government. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 30,300 with gains in nine of the 11 supersectors.

Additional information is available on the L&I Web site at or by following the department on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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

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