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PENNSYLVANIA'S NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STEADY AT 6.5 PERCENT

 PENNSYLVANIA'S NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STEADY AT 6.5 PERCENT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 6.5 percent in November, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry reported today.
 Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the seasonally adjusted national rate to be 6.8 percent in November, unchanged from October's rate.
 Pennsylvania's civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or available and looking for work, fell 28,000 to 5.97 million in November. Despite the drop, the state's civilian labor force was at its third highest level on record.
 November employment fell 30,000 to 5.58 million as unemployment edged up by 2,000 to 390,000. These relatively small changes were not enough to alter the unemployment rate in November.
 In November 1990, Pennsylvania's civilian labor force totaled 5.92 million, 49,000 lower than the current count. Of this total, 5.57 million residents were employed while 343,000 were out of jobs and seeking employment. The November 1990 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.
 Early results from a different survey, based upon employer payrolls, showed total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs were up 4,200 since October to 5.18 million.
 Throughout the service-producing sector, 17,500 new jobs were added in November to reach 3.98 million. Over half of this month-to-month gain came in retail trade, up 13,200 jobs. Only services (-2,000) and wholesale trade (-400) posted small job declines.
 In contrast, the goods-producing sector, at 1.21 million, showed all industries sharing in a net decline of 12,900 jobs in November.
 Since November 1990, total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs were down 45,800.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) (A) NOV. 1991 OCT. 1991 NOV. 1990
 Labor Force 5,966,000 5,994,000 5,917,000
 Employment 5,576,000 5,606,000 5,574,000
 Unemployment 390,000 388,000 343,000
 Rate 6.5 pct. 6.5 pct. 5.8 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 6.8 pct. 6.8 pct. 5.9 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) NOV. 1991 OCT. 1991 NOV. 1990
 Labor Force 5,975,000 5,993,000 5,911,000
 Employment 5,589,000 5,611,000 5,563,000
 Unemployment 386,000 383,000 347,000
 Rate 6.5 pct. 6.4 pct. 5.9 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 6.6 pct. 6.4 pct. 5.8 pct.
 (A) Seasonally adjusted figures attempt to "filter out" the labor market fluctuations which are caused by normal seasonal patterns. With these recurring patterns removed, the data provide a more accurate account of general economic trends.
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 /Editors: For additional information on the November Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for October is available from Labor and Industry's regional labor market analysts. Regional analysts' names and phone numbers may be obtained from the nearest state Job Center or from the L&I Press Office, 717-787-7530./
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 /CONTACT: Jack McGettigan, 717-787-7530, or Mike Acquaviva, 412-565-5339, both of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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