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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE IS 7.5 PERCENT IN AUGUST

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose in August by 0.2 percentage point to 7.5 percent, state Department of Labor and Industry analysts announced today.
 This rate was equal to that of January, sharing the highest level for the year.
 The state's civilian labor force rose sharply to a new record high. Up 58,000 to 6.09 million in August, this easily surpassed last November's high of 6.06 million.
 Employment rose by 40,000, reaching its third highest level on record. At 5.63 million, this was the highest total since the March 1990 all-time high of 5.69 million, registered a few months before the beginning of the last recession.
 The state's number of unemployed climbed 16,000 to 454,000. Unemployment levels continued to be buoyed by entrants into the labor force. Usually, the number of unemployed entrants drops in August as summer youth find jobs or stop searching for work.
 Compared to one year ago, Pennsylvania's civilian labor force was up by 47,000. Employment gained 70,000, while unemployment fell 23,000 compared to one year ago. The unemployment rate stood at 7.9 percent in August 1992, which was the highest rate of the business cycle.
 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 10,000 in August. Over the year, however, August's total represented an increase of 6,900 jobs.
 In the service-producing sector, jobs fell 5,800 from July to 3,931,600. All industries contributed to the overall decline except for finance, insurance and real estate which posted a small increase of 300. Compared to August 1992, total service-producing jobs were up by 35,800.
 Among the goods-producing industries, jobs were down from July by 4,200 in August. Losses in manufacturing (-2,900) and construction (-1,500) were slightly offset by a gain in mining (200). Total goods- producing jobs were down 28,900 from August 1992.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) AUG. 1993 JULY 1993 AUG. 1992
 Labor Force 6,087,000 6,029,000 6,040,000
 Employment 5,632,000 5,592,000 5,562,000
 Unemployment 454,000 438,000 477,000
 Rate 7.5 pct. 7.3 pct. 7.9 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 6.7 pct. 6.8 pct. 7.6 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) AUG. 1993 JULY 1993 AUG. 1992
 Labor Force 6,129,000 6,110,000 6,082,000
 Employment 5,697,000 5,663,000 5,627,000
 Unemployment 432,000 447,000 455,000
 Rate 7.0 pct. 7.3 pct. 7.5 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 6.5 pct. 6.9 pct. 7.3 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 August Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for July is available from Labor and Industry's labor market analysts. Labor market 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: Scott Burkett or Jack McGettigan of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/


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