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PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE 7.1 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

 PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE 7.1 PERCENT IN DECEMBER
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally


adjusted unemployment rate rose sharply in December, up 0.6 percentage point to 7.1 percent, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry reported today.
 This is the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate since August 1991 when the rate was 7.3 percent.
 Meanwhile, figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, reported the seasonally adjusted national rate to be also 7.1 percent, up from November's reported 6.5 percent rate.
 In December, the number of employed Pennsylvania residents declined 50,000 to 5.52 million, while unemployment increased 32,000 to 422,000.
 The state's civilian labor force, the estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or available for and seeking work, fell slightly to 5.94 million from 5.97 million in November.
 In December 1990, Pennsylvania's unemployment totaled 337,000 and 5.59 million residents were employed. The civilian labor force numbered 5.922 million, 26,000 lower than the December 1991 count. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 1990 was 5.7 percent.
 Early results from a different survey, based upon employer payrolls, show total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs down by a net 10,900 since November to 5.18 million in December. Normally, the commonwealth's businesses and factories slow somewhat during this period, resulting in net layoffs of approximately 7,000. Jobs in goods- producing industries fell by 19,100 in December. All major industries shared in this job loss, with three-fourths of it reflecting the seasonal decline in construction.
 Partially offsetting this decrease were 8,000 more jobs in the service-producing industries. The bulk of this increase reflected temporary hirings in retail trade.
 Compared to December 1990, goods-producing industries lost 51,800 jobs this December while the service-producing sector countered with job gains of 13,000.
 PA DEC. 1991 NOV. 1991 DEC. 1990
 (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A)
 Labor Force 5,948,000 5,966,000 5,922,000
 Employment 5,526,000 5,576,000 5,585,000
 Unemployment 422,000 390,000 337,000
 Rate 7.1 pct. 6.5 pct. 5.7 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.1 pct. (being revised by U.S. DOL)
 PA (UNADJUSTED) DEC. 1991 NOV. 1991 DEC. 1990
 Labor Force 5,930,000 5,975,000 5,891,000
 Employment 5,531,000 5,589,000 5,567,000
 Unemployment 399,000 386,000 324,000
 Rate 6.7 pct. 6.5 pct. 5.5 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 6.8 pct. 6.6 pct. 5.9 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 December Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for November 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: Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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