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PENNSYLVANIA'S NONFARM JOBS DECLINE IN AUGUST

 PENNSYLVANIA'S NONFARM JOBS DECLINE IN AUGUST
 /ADVANCE/ HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's


nonagricultural jobs continued to fall from their June 1992 peak, dropping 12,800 since July to 4.99 million in August, state Department of Labor and Industry analysts reported today.
 The month-to-month decrease contrasted with the seasonal gain of nearly 5,000 that usually occurs between July and August. Compared to August 1991, jobs were down 59,500, with nearly three-fourths of the decline based in the goods-producing sector.
 The department's job count excludes farm workers, domestic workers, unpaid family workers and the self-employed.
 While some month-to-month job increases occurred throughout the goods-producing sector, its overall trend reveals a downward spiral.
 In August 1992, jobs in this sector numbered 1.18 million, accounting for less than one-fourth of all Pennsylvania jobs. This was down from 1.23 million one year ago.
 Jobs in the goods-producing sector rose 6,200 since July, which was less than the anticipated July-to-August seasonal rise of 8,000. Despite increases among many of the sector's industry groups, both durable and nondurable goods manufacturing posted their lowest August job levels on record.
 Although new home and apartment construction activity rose nationwide in August, the northeastern states have failed to significantly fuel the gain.
 In Pennsylvania, construction jobs increased 2,400, nearly double the normal seasonal rise. However, this was only a one percent improvement since July. The construction increase supported healthy gains in lumber and wood products and stone, clay, and glass products during August.
 Jobs in the service-producing sector fell 18,200 to 3.81 million in August, greater than the expected seasonal month-to-month job decline of 3,100.
 Most of the job decrease occurred in local government, where 10,900 jobs were lost since July, and in private education services, where jobs declined by 4,400. Both losses were greater than seasonally anticipated.
 Despite a net loss from July, the services industry, boosted by another gain in health services, posted its highest August level on record.
 Overall, jobs in service-producing industries were down 16,100 from August 1991.
 Among Pennsylvania's 15 major labor market areas, seven reported job declines from July to August. Losses ranged from 100 in the Altoona Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to 12,800 in the Philadelphia Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Only the Scranton/Wilkes- Barre (+900), York (+800), Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle (+100) and Sharon (+100) MSAs reported job gains since July. Four areas, Beaver County, Erie, Johnstown and Williamsport remained stable in August.
 (Note to editors: The attached tables contain "Establishment (payroll) Employment" for major labor market areas and statewide totals by categories of industry.)
 ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT
 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ON NONAGRICULTURAL PAYROLLS, BY PLACE OF WORK
 Pennsylvania and Major Areas
 (In Thousands, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 NUMBER OF JOBS(A)
 Volume Change From
 AREA Aug. July Aug. July Aug.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 (B)
 Pennsylvania 4,991.6 5,004.4 5,051.1 -12.8 -59.5
 Allentown-
 Bethlehem MSA 276.5 277.2 282.2 -0.7 -5.7
 Altoona
 MSA 52.7 52.8 53.6 -0.1 -0.9
 Beaver County
 PMSA 50.3 50.3 49.4 0.0 0.9
 Erie MSA 118.5 118.5 118.2 0.0 0.3
 Harrisburg-Lebanon-
 Carlisle MSA 312.8 312.7 316.8 0.1 -4.0
 Johnstown MSA 82.4 82.4 83.4 0.0 -1.0
 Lancaster MSA 188.2 188.7 190.3 -0.5 -2.1
 Philadelphia
 PMSA 2,075.1 2,087.9 2,098.6 -12.8 -23.5
 Pittsburgh PMSA 899.9 902.7 901.9 -2.8 -2.0
 Reading MSA 147.1 147.4 148.4 -0.3 -1.3
 Scranton/
 Wilkes-Barre MSA 297.2 296.3 300.5 0.9 -3.3
 Sharon MSA 42.5 42.4 42.8 0.1 -0.3
 State College MSA 58.3 58.5 58.9 -0.2 -0.6
 Williamsport MSA 50.5 50.5 50.6 0.0 -0.1
 York MSA 175.6 174.8 178.2 0.8 -2.6
 (A) Includes persons involved in labor-management disputes.
 (B) Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 Pennsylvania Establishment Employment
 Number Of Employes On Nonagricultural Payrolls, By Place Of Work
 (In Thousands, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 Volume Change From
 Aug.(A) July Aug. July Aug.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 Nonagricultural Wage
 And Salary 4,991.6 5,004.4 5,051.1 -12.8 -59.5
 Goods Producing
 Industries 1,184.4 1,178.2 1,227.8 6.2 -43.4
 Mining 24.5 24.5 25.9 0.0 -1.4
 Construction 208.5 206.1 222.5 2.4 -14.0
 Manufacturing Industries 951.4 947.6 979.4 3.8 -28.0
 Durable Goods Industries 527.9 526.9 546.7 1.0 -18.8
 Lumber And Wood Products 28.7 28.5 30.0 0.2 -1.3
 Furniture And Fixtures 18.1 18.0 18.0 0.1 0.1
 Stone, Clay, And
 Glass Prods. 42.9 42.3 43.8 0.6 -0.9
 Primary Metal Industries 80.6 80.9 84.0 -0.3 -3.4
 Fabricated Metal Products 81.8 81.3 84.5 0.5 -2.7
 Industrial Machinery 97.2 97.6 102.7 -0.4 -5.5
 Electronic Equipment 74.0 73.3 76.4 0.7 -2.4
 Transportation Equipment 48.6 48.3 49.6 0.3 -1.0
 Instruments And Related
 Prods. 36.5 37.0 38.6 -0.5 -2.1
 Miscellaneous
 Manufacturing 19.5 19.7 19.1 -0.2 0.4
 Nondurable Goods
 Industries 423.5 420.7 432.7 2.8 -9.2
 Food And Kindred Products 89.8 88.9 91.0 0.9 -1.2
 Textile Mill Products 26.2 26.0 26.5 0.2 -0.3
 Apparel And Other
 Text. Prods. 64.0 61.9 67.1 2.1 -3.1
 Paper And Allied Prods. 38.8 39.0 40.1 -0.2 -1.3
 Printing And Publishing 81.8 81.5 83.2 0.3 -1.4
 Chemicals And Allied Prods. 62.2 62.6 62.7 -0.4 -0.5
 Petroleum And Coal Prods. 11.1 11.3 11.7 -0.2 -0.6
 Rubber And Plastics Prods. 41.7 41.7 41.4 0.0 0.3
 Leather And Leather Prods. 7.0 6.9 8.0 0.1 -1.0
 Service Producing
 Industries 3,806.1 3,824.3 3,822.2 -18.2 -16.1
 Transportation 148.7 148.1 152.5 0.6 -3.8
 Public Utilities 105.7 105.9 105.9 -0.2 -0.2
 Communications 51.9 51.9 51.6 0.0 0.3
 Electric, Gas And Sanitary 53.8 54.0 54.3 -0.2 -0.5
 Wholesale Trade 259.5 260.5 267.8 -1.0 -8.3
 Retail Trade 880.5 881.3 892.2 -0.8 -11.7
 General Merchandise
 Stores 107.0 106.1 110.8 0.9 -3.8
 Finance, Insurance
 And Real Est. 303.3 305.0 304.7 -1.7 -1.4
 Finance 143.7 144.3 140.4 -0.6 3.3
 Insurance 116.5 117.0 119.9 -0.5 -3.4
 Real Estate 43.1 43.7 44.4 -0.6 -1.3
 Services 1,457.6 1,461.0 1,450.4 -3.4 7.2
 Business Services 198.0 197.4 201.4 0.6 -3.4
 Health Services 514.8 513.6 496.3 1.2 18.5
 Hospitals 273.4 273.6 265.4 -0.2 8.0
 Legal Services 41.4 42.0 42.3 -0.6 -0.9
 Educational Services 128.5 132.9 131.1 -4.4 -2.6
 Social Services 114.2 113.9 109.6 0.3 4.6
 Other Services 460.7 461.2 469.7 -0.5 -9.0
 Government 650.8 662.5 648.7 -11.7 2.1
 Federal 134.5 135.2 137.1 -0.7 -2.6
 State 126.4 126.5 138.3 -0.1 -11.9
 Local 389.9 400.8 373.3 -10.9 16.6
 Persons In Labor-Mgmt.
 Disputes 1.1 1.9 1.1 -0.8 0.0
 (A) Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 /delval/
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 /CONTACT: Scott Burkett or Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor and Industry 717-787-7530/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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