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PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE UNCHANGED IN JANUARY, EMPLOYMENT INCREASES

PENNSYLVANIA JOBLESS RATE UNCHANGED IN JANUARY, EMPLOYMENT INCREASES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable in January at 7.1 percent, while the labor force and resident employment both increased, analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry reported today.
 Last year at this time the jobless rate was 6.3 percent.
 Nationally, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the seasonally adjusted U.S. rate for January to be 7.1 percent, unchanged from December's rate.
 Pennsylvania's civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or available for and seeking work, rose 25,000 since December to 5.98 million. This represents the second highest level on record, just 4,000 below the October 1991 high.
 Meanwhile, employment among Commonwealth residents rose 24,000 to 5.56 million, recovering most of December's loss.
 January's volume of unemployment remained virtually unchanged, up by only 1,000 to 422,000.
 This month, Pennsylvania's labor force data underwent an annual revision process as the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics makes use of more complete information. The revisions, based upon updated population estimates and seasonal adjustment factors, affected monthly resident data back to 1987.
 Over-the-year data comparisons show statewide employment up by 56,000, while joblessness also rose by 50,000.
 Early results from a different survey, one based upon employer payrolls rather than households, revealed total nonagricultural wage and salary jobs in Pennsylvania down 110,600 since December to 5.1 million in January. In a typical year, jobs normally fall by more than 125,000 during the December-to-January time period.
 Within the goods-producing sector, all industries shared in an overall decline of 28,600 jobs in January. Major losses were reported in construction, down 18,400 jobs from December. Since January 1991, the volume of goods-producing jobs has declined by 55,100.
 Losses were widespread among the service-producing sector, as payroll jobs fell a total of 82,100. Significant reductions were posted in retail trade (-44,000), services (-18,100) and government (-12,200). Service-producing jobs climbed by 10,900 from January 1991.
 PENNSYLVANIA
 (Seasonally Adjusted)(A) Jan. 1992 Dec. 1991 Jan. 1991
 Labor Force 5,978,000 5,953,000 5,872,000
 Employment 5,556,000 5,532,000 5,500,000
 Unemployment 422,000 421,000 372,000
 Rate 7.1 pct. 7.1 pct. 6.3 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 7.1 pct. 7.1 pct. 6.2 pct.
 PENNSYLVANIA
 (Unadjusted) Jan. 1992 Dec. 1991 Jan. 1991
 Labor Force 5,935,000 5,930,000 5,831,000
 Employment 5,470,000 5,531,000 5,416,000
 Unemployment 465,000 399,000 415,000
 Rate 7.8 pct. 6.7 pct. 7.1 pct.
 (U.S. Rate) 8.0 pct. 6.8 pct. 7.0 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 January Pennsylvania employment data, contact the Labor and Industry Press Office. Local and regional information for December 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 & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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