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PENNSYLVANIA'S JOBLESS RATE ROSE SLIGHTLY TO 7 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in October by 0.1 percentage point to 7.0 percent, State Department of Labor and Industry analysts announced today.
 The increase followed a 0.6 percentage point decrease in September. One year ago, the unemployment rate stood at 7.5 percent.
 Unemployment throughout the Commonwealth climbed by 5,000 to 422,000. Compared with October 1992, however, unemployment was down by 30,000.
 Employment, meanwhile, fell in October by 44,000 to 5.59 million but was still the third highest level recorded this year. In October 1992, the number of persons employed stood at 5.60 million.
 Pennsylvania's civilian labor force decreased by 38,000 to 6.02 million. Nevertheless, October marked the fourth consecutive month in which the state's labor force topped 6 million. Over the year, Pennsylvania's labor force showed a decrease of 33,000.
 Early results from another survey, based on employer payrolls rather than households, showed that total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs, adjusted for seasonality, were up 2,700 in October. At 5.07 million, however, October's total represented a net decrease of 9,100 jobs from a year ago.
 In the service-producing sector, jobs rose 5,000 from September to 3.94 million. Gains, centered in retail trade (4,200) and services (3,400), outweighed job losses in government (-3,200) and finance, insurance and real estate (-100). When compared to a year ago, total service-producing jobs increased by 20,700.
 Among the goods-producing industries, jobs fell 2,300 to 1.13 million in October. All goods-producing industries contributed to the decline, especially manufacturing (-1,800) where jobs fell to a new record low. Total goods-producing jobs were down 29,800 from October 1992.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) OCT. 1993 SEPT. 1993 OCT. 1992
 Labor Force 6,015,000 6,053,000 6,048,000
 Employment 5,593,000 5,637,000 5,596,000
 Unemployment 422,000 417,000 452,000
 Rate 7.0 pct. 6.9 pct. 7.5 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) OCT. 1993 SEPT. 1993 OCT. 1992
 Labor Force 6,053,000 6,030,000 6,074,000
 Employment 5,651,000 5,650,000 5,643,000
 Unemployment 402,000 381,000 430,000
 Rate 6.6 pct. 6.3 pct. 7.1 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 October Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for September 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 Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/


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