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PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE 7.2 PERCENT IN MARCH

 PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE 7.2 PERCENT IN MARCH
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally


adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage point in March to 7.2 percent, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry announced today.
 Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was unchanged from from February's rate of 7.3 percent.
 Since February, resident unemployment in the commonwealth fell 29,000 to 428,000. Employment, also seasonally adjusted, climbed slightly to 5.56 million in March, its highest level since November 1991 and the second increase of 1992, including January's rise.
 The state's civilian labor force, an estimate of those working or available for and seeking work, was 5.99 million in March. Although this was a drop of 21,000, it still represented the third highest level on record.
 In March 1991, Pennsylvania's civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted, totalled 5.89 million, when resident employment was 5.47 million -- the lowest of the recession -- with 418,000 unemployed. The March 1991 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.
 Early results from a different survey, based upon employer payrolls, reveal total non-agricultural wage and salary jobs up 30,600 to 5 million in March. All major industries in both the service-producing and goods-producing sectors added jobs since February.
 Up a net 22,800 jobs in March, service-producing industries provided most of the overall increase. In addition, nearly half of all March job gains among service-producers and more than one-third of total non-farm jobs were gained in service industries. Other significant job gains were posted in retail trade (plus 5,100) and government (plus 3,800).
 Throughout the goods-producing sector, 7,500 jobs were added since February, especially in construction, up 6,600.
 Since March 1991, however, total non-agricultural wage and salary jobs were down by 54,400.
 PA (SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)(A) MAR. 1992 FEB. 1992 MAR. 1991
 Labor Force 5,986,000 6,007,000 5,885,000
 Employment 5,558,000 5,550,000 5,467,000
 Unemployment 428,000 457,000 418,000
 Rate 7.2 pct. 7.6 pct. 7.1 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.3 pct. 7.3 pct. 6.7 pct.
 PA (UNADJUSTED) MAR. 1992 FEB. 1992 MAR. 1991
 Labor Force 5,901,000 5,977,000 5,797,000
 Employment 5,451,000 5,463,000 5,359,000
 Unemployment 450,000 514,000 438,000
 Rate 7.6 pct. 8.6 pct. 7.6 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.7 pct. 8.1 pct. 7.1 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 March Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for February 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 at 717-787-7530.
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 /CONTACT: Jack McGettigan or Susan Hensel of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: ECO


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