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PENNSYLVANIA'S NONFARM JOBS DOWN IN DECEMBER

 /ADVANCE/ HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nonagricultural jobs gave up much of their gain from last August by dropping 20,600 in December to 5.03 million, state Department of Labor and Industry analysts reported today.
 December's job loss was nearly three times the seasonally expected drop of 7,400. Total jobs were down 64,400 from one year ago and registered their lowest December job level in five years.
 The department's job count excludes farm workers, domestic workers, unpaid family workers and the self-employed.
 Jobs within the service-producing sector fell by 1,700 since November to 3.89 million. Usually a gain of over 10,000 is posted in December. Service-producing jobs totaled 3.91 million in December 1991.
 A drop of 6,400 government jobs was responsible for much of the service-producing sector downturn. The drop was four times the expected decline of 1,600. Government jobs were down by more than 15,000 since December 1991.
 Partially offsetting this decrease was a gain of 4,800 jobs in retail trade from November. This increase, however, was well short of the 12,000 job increase expected, based on seasonal trends. Compared to one year ago, retail trade lost 10,400 jobs.
 Within the goods-producing sector, jobs fell 18,600 from November to 1.14 million, on target with the usual seasonal decrease of 18,000. Overall, goods-producing jobs set a record low job level for the second consecutive month. In December 1991, goods-producing jobs numbered 1.18 million.
 The largest goods-producing loss from November occurred in construction, down 12,900. Unusually heavy snowfall in western Pennsylvania worsened December cutbacks.
 Jobs in manufacturing industries fell 4,600 to 935,300 since November. This drop was three-fourths of the usual seasonal loss of 6,100 jobs. Overall manufacturing industries and its two major segments -- durable and nondurable goods -- all posted record low job totals for the third month in a row.
 In December, durable goods jobs were down by 2,000, less than the seasonally anticipated fall of 3,500. Nondurable goods fell by 2,600 since November, matching seasonal expectations. Compared to one year ago, jobs in durable goods were down by 21,300, while those in nondurable goods fell by 9,800. These combined for an overall downturn of 31,100 jobs in manufacturing industries since December 1991.
 Among Pennsylvania's 15 major labor market areas, ten reported job declines from November to December. Losses ranged from 100 in the Beaver County Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) to 2,300 in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Only the York (+700) and Allentown-Bethlehem (+1,600) MSAs and the Philadelphia PMSA (+5,000) reported job gains. Two areas, the Pittsburgh PMSA and Reading MSA, remained unchanged.
 The following tables contain "Establishment (payroll) Employment" for major labor market areas and statewide totals by categories of industry.
 ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT
 NUMBER OF EMPLOYES ON NONAGRICULTURAL PAYROLLS, BY PLACE OF WORK
 PENNSYLVANIA and MAJOR AREAS
 (In Thousands, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 NUMBER OF JOBS (A)
 VOLUME CHANGE FROM
 AREA DEC. NOV. DEC. NOV. DEC.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 P/
 PENNSYLVANIA 5,032.6 5,053.2 5,097.0 -20.6 -64.4
 ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM MSA 281.3 279.7 284.1 1.6 -2.8
 ALTOONA MSA 53.4 53.9 53.2 -0.5 0.2
 BEAVER COUNTY PMSA 50.3 50.4 50.5 -0.1 -0.2
 ERIE MSA 119.8 120.6 117.9 -0.8 1.9
 HARRISBURG-LEBANON-
 CARLISLE MSA 312.7 313.1 315.3 -0.4 -2.6
 JOHNSTOWN MSA 80.8 81.2 83.1 -0.4 -2.3
 LANCASTER MSA 190.8 191.2 190.8 -0.4 0.0
 PHILADELPHIA PMSA 2,110.4 2,105.4 2,134.2 5.0 -23.8
 PITTSBURGH PMSA 904.1 904.1 915.5 0.0 -11.4
 READING MSA 148.9 148.9 152.2 0.0 -3.3
 SCRANTON/
 WILKES-BARRE MSA 297.3 299.6 300.5 -2.3 -3.2
 SHARON MSA 40.6 41.2 43.2 -0.6 -2.6
 STATE COLLEGE MSA 61.2 62.3 61.1 -1.1 0.1
 WILLIAMSPORT MSA 50.0 51.0 51.1 -1.0 -1.1
 YORK MSA 179.4 178.7 180.0 0.7 -0.6
 P/= Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 (A) Includes persons involved in labor-management disputes.
 PENNSYLVANIA ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT
 NUMBER OF EMPLOYES ON NONAGRICULTURAL PAYROLLS, BY PLACE OF WORK
 (In Thousands, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 VOLUME CHANGE FROM
 DEC. P/ NOV. DEC. NOV. DEC.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE
 AND SALARY 5,032.6 5,053.2 5,097.0 -20.6 -64.4
 GOODS PRODUCING
 INDUSTRIES 1,140.7 1,159.3 1,183.7 -18.6 -43.0
 MINING 23.2 24.3 24.4 -1.1 -1.2
 CONSTRUCTION 182.2 195.1 192.9 -12.9 -10.7
 MANUFACTURING
 INDUSTRIES 935.3 939.9 966.4 -4.6 -31.1
 DURABLE GOODS
 INDUSTRIES 515.4 517.4 536.7 -2.0 -21.3
 LUMBER AND WOOD PRODUCTS 28.3 28.4 28.4 -0.1 -0.1
 FURNITURE AND FIXTURES 18.1 18.3 17.9 -0.2 0.2
 STONE, CLAY, AND GLASS
 PRODS. 40.6 41.6 41.7 -1.0 -1.1
 PRIMARY METAL INDUSTRIES 76.7 76.4 82.8 0.3 -6.1
 FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 80.0 80.4 83.5 -0.4 -3.5
 INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY 95.7 96.4 100.6 -0.7 -4.9
 ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 72.8 72.9 76.4 -0.1 -3.6
 TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT 48.7 48.5 47.7 0.2 1.0
 INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED
 PRODS. 35.1 35.1 38.4 0.0 -3.3
 MISCELLANEOUS
 MANUFACTURING 19.4 19.4 19.3 0.0 0.1
 NONDURABLE GOODS
 INDUSTRIES 419.9 422.5 429.7 -2.6 -9.8
 FOOD AND KINDRED PRODUCTS 90.5 91.6 89.9 -1.1 0.6
 TEXTILE MILL PRODUCTS 25.0 25.8 25.9 -0.8 -0.9
 APPAREL AND OTHER
 TEXT.PRODS. 61.8 62.3 66.1 -0.5 -4.3
 PAPER AND ALLIED PRODS. 37.6 37.9 38.8 -0.3 -1.2
 PRINTING AND PUBLISHING 83.4 82.6 84.5 0.8 -1.1
 CHEMICALS AND ALLIED
 PRODS. 62.5 62.6 62.6 -0.1 -0.1
 PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODS. 10.3 10.8 11.0 -0.5 -0.7
 RUBBER AND PLASTICS
 PRODS. 41.3 41.2 42.2 0.1 -0.9
 LEATHER AND LEATHER PRODS. 6.6 6.8 7.7 -0.2 -1.1
 SERVICE PRODUCING
 INDUSTRIES 3,890.8 3,892.5 3,911.1 -1.7 -20.3
 TRANSPORTATION 158.0 157.6 162.3 0.4 -4.3
 PUBLIC UTILITIES 104.9 104.8 104.6 0.1 0.3
 COMMUNICATIONS 51.9 51.9 51.9 0.0 0.0
 ELECTRIC, GAS AND
 SANITARY 53.0 52.9 52.7 0.1 0.3
 WHOLESALE TRADE 255.9 256.8 264.6 -0.9 -8.7
 RETAIL TRADE 902.3 897.5 912.7 4.8 -10.4
 GENERAL MERCHANDISE
 STORES 120.2 117.9 126.0 2.3 -5.8
 FINANCE,INSURANCE
 AND REAL EST. 298.6 298.6 301.1 0.0 -2.5
 FINANCE 143.3 142.6 140.6 0.7 2.7
 INSURANCE 114.7 115.0 119.2 -0.3 -4.5
 REAL ESTATE 40.6 41.0 41.3 -0.4 -0.7
 SERVICES 1,475.3 1,475.0 1,454.8 0.3 20.5
 BUSINESS SERVICES 202.6 200.9 197.8 1.7 4.8
 HEALTH SERVICES 515.9 515.2 499.5 0.7 16.4
 HOSPITALS 273.2 272.8 266.9 0.4 6.3
 LEGAL SERVICES 40.9 41.0 41.5 -0.1 -0.6
 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 168.4 171.1 170.1 -2.7 -1.7
 SOCIAL SERVICES 114.7 114.9 111.9 -0.2 2.8
 OTHER SERVICES 432.8 431.9 434.0 0.9 -1.2
 GOVERNMENT 695.8 702.2 711.0 -6.4 -15.2
 FEDERAL 134.1 132.7 136.6 1.4 -2.5
 STATE 135.6 138.9 146.8 -3.3 -11.2
 LOCAL 426.1 430.6 427.6 -4.5 -1.5
 PERSONS IN LABOR-MGMT.
 DISPUTES 1.1 1.4 2.2 -0.3 -1.1
 P/= Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 /delval/
 -0- 1/30/93/1730
 /CONTACT: Scott Burkett or Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/


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