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PENNSYLVANIA'S NONFARM PAYROLLS UP IN MARCH

 PENNSYLVANIA'S NONFARM PAYROLLS UP IN MARCH
 /ADVANCE/ HARRISBURG, Pa., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's


nonagricultural jobs increased for the second consecutive month in March, rising by 23,500 to 4.99 million, state Department of Labor and Industry analysts reported today.
 Department analysts noted, however, that the month-to-month net increase was two-thirds of the usual seasonal rise. March's total job count was down 63,000 from one year ago.
 The department's job count excludes farm workers, domestic workers, unpaid family workers and the self-employed.
 The service producing sector accounted for more than three-fourths of the overall job increase, as most industry groups showed modest gains.
 Services (+9,800) and local government (+6,800) posted the largest monthly gains and both showed over-the-year improvements as well. Health services had the largest increase, adding 15,900 to payrolls since March 1991. Total service-producing sector jobs, however, were down 25,300 from year ago.
 Jobs in the goods-producing sector totaled 1.15 million, up 4,400 from February. A 4,700 job gain in construction was partially offset by a small decrease among the manufacturing industries.
 At 950,400 jobs in March, employment in manufacturing fell to another record low, as an increase of 100 jobs in durable goods was countered by a drop of 400 in nondurable goods. Like its service- producing counterpart, Pennsylvania's goods-producing sector also fared poorly in year-ago comparisons, off 38,500 jobs since March 1991.
 Among Pennsylvania's 15 major labor market areas, 12 reported job gains in March. The largest increases were reported in the Pittsburgh (+4,900) and Philadelphia (+2,000) Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs). Only the Johnstown (-300), Altoona (-200) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (-100) Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) posted declines from February. Eleven areas led by the Philadelphia PMSA (-48,500) had fewer jobs than in March 1991.
 Note: 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 MAR. FEB. MAR. FEB. MAR.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 (B)
 PENNSYLVANIA 4,993.2 4,969.7 5,056.2 23.5 -63.0
 ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM MSA 278.5 277.6 282.0 0.9 -3.5
 ALTOONA MSA 51.9 52.1 51.8 -0.2 0.1
 BEAVER COUNTY PMSA 49.4 49.3 49.7 0.1 -0.3
 ERIE MSA 117.6 117.5 119.4 0.1 -1.8
 HARRISBURG-LEBANON-
 CARLISLE MSA 308.5 307.0 310.8 1.5 -2.3
 JOHNSTOWN MSA 81.0 81.3 81.0 -0.3 0.0
 LANCASTER MSA 188.4 186.9 189.5 1.5 -1.1
 PHILADELPHIA PMSA 2,086.7 2,084.7 2,135.2 2.0 -48.5
 PITTSBURGH PMSA 898.0 893.1 899.8 4.9 -1.8
 READING MSA 148.7 147.6 148.9 1.1 -0.2
 SCRANTON/
 WILKES-BARRE MSA 294.8 294.9 299.3 -0.1 -4.5
 SHARON MSA 42.4 41.8 43.6 0.6 -1.2
 STATE COLLEGE MSA 61.6 61.0 60.2 0.6 1.4
 WILLIAMSPORT MSA 49.9 49.8 49.9 0.1 0.0
 YORK MSA 176.1 175.8 177.7 0.3 -1.6
 (A) Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 (B) Includes persons involved in labor-management disputes.
 PENNSYLVANIA ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT
 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ON NONAGRICULTURAL PAYROLLS, BY PLACE OF WORK
 (In Thousands, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 VOLUME CHANGE FROM
 MAR.(A) FEB. MAR. FEB. MAR.
 1992 1992 1991 1992 1991
 NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE
 AND SALARY 4,993.2 4,969.7 5,056.2 23.5 -63.0
 GOODS PRODUCING
 INDUSTRIES 1,149.6 1,145.2 1,188.1 4.4 -38.5
 MINING 23.6 23.6 24.9 0.0 -1.3
 CONSTRUCTION 175.6 170.9 187.7 4.7 -12.1
 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 950.4 950.7 975.5 -0.3 -25.1
 DURABLE GOODS INDUSTRIES 525.3 525.2 547.7 0.1 -22.4
 LUMBER AND WOOD PRODUCTS 27.2 26.9 28.6 0.3 -1.4
 FURNITURE AND FIXTURES 17.4 17.2 17.9 0.2 -0.5
 STONE, CLAY, AND GLASS PRODS. 40.6 40.2 43.0 0.4 -2.4
 PRIMARY METAL INDUSTRIES 81.5 81.4 84.2 0.1 -2.7
 FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 80.8 81.5 85.0 -0.7 -4.2
 INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY 98.8 99.2 105.2 -0.4 -6.4
 ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 73.8 74.0 77.2 -0.2 -3.4
 TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT 48.0 47.5 48.9 0.5 -0.9
 INSTRUMENTS AND RELATED PRODS 37.4 37.8 38.8 -0.4 -1.4
 MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURING 19.8 19.5 18.9 0.3 0.9
 NONDURABLE GOODS INDUSTRIES 425.1 425.5 427.8 -0.4 -2.7
 FOOD AND KINDRED PRODUCTS 87.6 87.6 88.3 0.0 -0.7
 TEXTILE MILL PRODUCTS 26.1 25.9 25.3 0.2 0.8
 APPAREL AND OTHER TEXT.PRODS. 65.9 66.4 66.5 -0.5 -0.6
 PAPER AND ALLIED PRODS. 38.6 38.6 39.3 0.0 -0.7
 PRINTING AND PUBLISHING 83.1 83.0 84.3 0.1 -1.2
 CHEMICALS AND ALLIED PRODS. 63.0 63.0 63.2 0.0 -0.2
 PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODS. 10.9 10.9 10.9 0.0 0.0
 RUBBER AND PLASTICS PRODS. 41.4 41.7 40.9 -0.3 0.5
 LEATHER AND LEATHER PRODS. 7.5 7.4 8.1 0.1 -0.6
 SERVICE PRODUCING
 INDUSTRIES 3,842.5 3,823.9 3,867.8 18.6 -25.3
 TRANSPORTATION 155.8 155.8 157.4 0.0 -1.6
 PUBLIC UTILITIES 104.8 104.9 105.1 -0.1 -0.3
 COMMUNICATIONS 51.6 51.8 51.0 -0.2 0.6
 ELECTRIC, GAS AND SANITARY 53.2 53.1 54.1 0.1 -0.9
 WHOLESALE TRADE 259.3 259.7 267.7 -0.4 -8.4
 RETAIL TRADE 862.1 859.5 873.1 2.6 -11.0
 GENERAL MERCHANDISE STORES 107.0 107.6 113.2 -0.6 -6.2
 FINANCE,INSURANCE AND
 REAL EST. 299.5 298.9 298.9 0.6 0.6
 FINANCE 141.6 141.5 139.3 0.1 2.3
 INSURANCE 118.0 117.7 118.6 0.3 -0.6
 REAL ESTATE 39.9 39.7 41.0 0.2 -1.1
 SERVICES 1,446.5 1,436.7 1,443.9 9.8 2.6
 BUSINESS SERVICES 193.6 193.0 200.9 0.6 -7.3
 HEALTH SERVICES 501.2 499.0 485.3 2.2 15.9
 HOSPITALS 267.8 267.1 259.2 0.7 8.6
 LEGAL SERVICES 40.9 41.0 41.9 -0.1 -1.0
 EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 169.5 168.5 169.3 1.0 0.2
 SOCIAL SERVICES 113.4 112.4 109.5 1.0 3.9
 OTHER SERVICES 427.9 422.8 437.0 5.1 -9.1
 GOVERNMENT 714.5 708.4 721.7 6.1 -7.2
 FEDERAL 136.7 136.3 138.4 0.4 -1.7
 STATE 143.7 144.8 157.8 -1.1 -14.1
 LOCAL 434.1 427.3 425.5 6.8 8.6
 PERSONS IN LABOR-MGMT.
 DISPUTES 1.1 0.6 0.3 0.5 0.8
 (A) Preliminary data; subject to revision.
 /delval/
 -0- 5/3/92/1800
 /CONTACT: Jack McGettigan or Susan Hensel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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