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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE DECREASES TO 6.9 PERCENT

 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in June by .2 percent to 6.9 percent, state Department of Labor and Industry analysts announced today.
 A drop of 12,000 in the number of unemployed persons caused the unemployment rate to slip back under 7 percent. June's rate was .7 percent lower than the 7.6 percent registered one year ago.
 Employment throughout the Commonwealth decreased moderately to 5.56 million. Down by 24,000, this erased two-thirds of May's employment gain.
 Fewer youth than usual entered the labor force in June, not enough to keep the labor force from shrinking to 5.98 million. This was partly due to an early end to the school year at many colleges. Many more youth than expected were already out of school and into the labor force in May, driving May's labor force, employment, and unemployment up sharply.
 Compared to one year ago, the labor force was nearly unchanged. An employment gain of 37,000 resulted in a strong decline of 41,000 in the number of unemployed.
 Early results from another survey, based on employer payrolls rather than households, show that total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs, adjusted for seasonality, were down 13,300 in June to 5,088,000. Over the year, June's total represented an increase of 12,300 jobs.
 In the goods-producing sector, jobs fell 7,400 from May to 1,140,000. All goods-producing industries contributed to the decline, especially manufacturing, down 4,400 jobs. Compared to June 1992, total goods-producing jobs were down by 31,500.
 Among the service-producing industries, jobs were down by 5,900 in June. Losses centered in services (-4,600) and government (-2,000) outnumbered minimal gains registered in transportation and public utilities (+1,000) and wholesale trade (+400). Total service-producing jobs, however, were up 43,800 from June 1992.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) JUNE 1993 MAY 1993 JUNE 1992
 Labor Force 5,977,000 6,013,000 5,981,000
 Employment 5,564,000 5,588,000 5,527,000
 Unemployment 413,000 425,000 454,000
 Rate 6.9 pct. 7.1 pct. 7.6 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.0 pct. 6.9 pct. 7.7 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) JUNE 1993 MAY 1993 JUNE 1992
 Labor Force 6,052,000 5,996,000 6,057,000
 Employment 5,640,000 5,560,000 5,604,000
 Unemployment 412,000 437,000 453,000
 Rate 6.8 pct. 7.3 pct. 7.5 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.1 pct. 6.7 pct. 7.8 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 June Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for May 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)./
 /CONTACT: Scott Burkett or Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/


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