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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE 7.7 PERCENT IN JULY

 PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE 7.7 PERCENT IN JULY
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally


adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in July by 0.1 percentage point to 7.7 percent, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry announced today.
 In July employment, the labor force and employment all declined slightly, while unemployment inched upward.
 The state's civilian labor force, the estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or available for and seeking work, was down 6,000 to 5,962,000 in July.
 Employment in the Pennsylvania fell 8,000 to 5,506,000. Unemployment, meanwhile, climbed 2,000 to reach 456,000.
 A year-ago comparison reveals Pennsylvania's civilian labor force numbered 5.95 million in July 1991, when unemployment totaled 416,000, and employment reached 5.53 million.
 The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 1991 was 7.0 percent, 0.7 percentage point lower than the latest July rate. The higher unemployment rate for July 1992 was the result of a small loss in employment over the year coupled with an increased labor force, as discouraged workers returned to the job market, apparently believing the slow economic recovery was beginning to generate jobs.
 Elsewhere, early results from a different survey, based upon employer payrolls, show total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs were down 43,000 from June to 5.01 million in July.
 Most of the overall decline was recorded within the service- producing sector, where job levels fell by 39,800 since June to 3.83 million. This June-to-July job loss was due primarily to temporary education-related layoffs in government and the transportation industry.
 In the goods-producing sector, jobs dropped 3,500 in July to 1.18 million. A decrease of 9,100 jobs in manufacturing was partly offset by a seasonal gain in the construction industry, where favorable weather conditions pushed jobs up by 6,500.
 When compared to July 1991, total nonfarm jobs were down 42,100. Only service industries (+14,300) and government (+3,100) had more jobs this July than a year before.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) JULY 1992 JUNE 1992 JULY 1991
 Labor Force 5,962,000 5,968,000 5,950,000
 Employment 5,506,000 5,514,000 5,534,000
 Unemployment 456,000 454,000 416,000
 Rate 7.7 pct. 7.6 pct. 7.0 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.7 pct. 7.8 pct. 6.8 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) JULY 1992 JUNE 1992 JULY 1991
 Labor Force 6,059,000 6,057,000 6,051,000
 Employment 5,594,000 5,604,000 5,625,000
 Unemployment 465,000 453,000 426,000
 Rate 7.7 pct. 7.5 pct. 7.0 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.6 pct. 7.8 pct. 6.7 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.
 For additional information on the July Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for June 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 or Susan Hensel or Scott Burkett, of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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