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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE DOWN TO 7.8 PERCENT IN MAY

 PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE DOWN TO 7.8 PERCENT IN MAY
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally


adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly by 0.1 percentage point in May to 7.8 percent, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry announced today.
 Resident unemployment declined by 6,000 in May to a seasonally adjusted total of 464,000.
 In May 1991, the volume of unemployment was 443,000 representing an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent.
 Meanwhile, May's employment total rose to 5.510 million, up 41,000 from April's recession low.
 Pennsylvania's civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or available for and seeking work, rose 35,000 to 5.97 million, the sixth highest total ever. Department analysts noted that the state's labor force remains healthy, as five of the six highest levels were recorded within the last eight months. One year ago, Pennsylvania's civilian labor force numbered 5.95 million.
 Early results from a different survey, based upon employer payrolls, show total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs were up 25,300 since April to 5.05 million. In a typical year, job levels normally climb by 30,900 from April to May.
 Jobs in the service-producing industries gained 14,600 since April to 3.87 million, with gains primarily in retail trade and services partially offset by a seasonal loss in government.
 Payrolls in the goods-producing industries numbered 1.17 million in May, up 10,900. Increases were concentrated mainly in construction.
 On a year-to-year basis, all industries except services and finance, insurance and real estate combined for a job loss of 63,600.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) MAY 1992 APR. 1992 MAY 1991
 Labor Force 5,974,000 5,939,000 5,951,000
 Employment 5,510,000 5,469,000 5,508,000
 Unemployment 464,000 470,000 443,000
 Rate 7.8 pct. 7.9 pct. 7.4 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.5 pct. 7.2 pct. 6.8 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) MAY 1992 APR. 1992 MAY 1991
 Labor Force 5,966,000 5,915,000 5,938,000
 Employment 5,497,000 5,448,000 5,491,000
 Unemployment 469,000 467,000 447,000
 Rate 7.9 pct. 7.9 pct. 7.5 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.2 pct. 7.1 pct. 6.6 pct.
 (A) Note: 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 May Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for April 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 of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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