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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE IS 7.5 PERCENT IN JANUARY

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose in January by 0.2 percentage point to 7.5 percent, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry announced today.
 Although January's unemployment rate was up for the first time in five months, it was well below the 1992 high of 7.9 percent reached in August. In January 1992, the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.
 At 6.02 million, the state's civilian labor force, the estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or available for and seeking work, was down 7,000 from December. One year ago, Pennsylvania's civilian labor force numbered 5.98 million.
 Employment fell for the second month in a row, down 18,000 to 5.57 million in January. The volume of unemployment increased since
December, up 11,000 to 453,000. Both employment and unemployment were up by 24,000 from a year ago.
 This month, Pennsylvania's labor force data underwent an annual revision process as the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics makes use of more complete information. The revisions, based upon updated population estimates and seasonal adjustment factors, affected monthly resident data back to 1987.
 Early results from another survey, based upon employer payrolls rather than households, show total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs down 113,400 from December to 4.92 million in January. On average, jobs fall by more than 125,000 from December to January. Compared to one year ago, total nonfarm jobs were off by 46,400.
 More than three-fourths of the overall month-to-month decline involved the service-producing sector, where job levels fell 87,200 since December to 3.80 million. All service-producing industries shared in this decline, with major losses centered in retail trade (-42,700), services (-25,400) and government (-13,200). Since January 1992, service-producing jobs dropped by 3,000.
 Among goods-producing industries, jobs fell 26,100 in January to 1.11 million, in all industries within the sector. Losses were most pronounced in construction (-16,500) and manufacturing (-8,300). Goods- producing jobs were down by 42,500 from January 1992.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) JAN. 1993 DEC. 1992 JAN. 1992
 Labor Force 6,024,000 6,031,000 5,975,000
 Employment 5,570,000 5,588,000 5,546,000
 Unemployment 453,000 442,000 429,000
 Rate 7.5 pct 7.3 pct. 7.2 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.1 pct 7.3 pct. 7.1 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) JAN. 1993 DEC. 1992 JAN. 1992
 Labor Force 5,980,000 5,995,000 5,935,000
 Employment 5,491,000 5,589,000 5,470,000
 Unemployment 489,000 407,000 465,000
 Rate 8.2 pct 6.8 pct. 7.8 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.9 pct. 7.0 pct. 8.0 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 January Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for December 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: James M. Hillegass or Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/


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