PA Unemployment at Lowest Since September 2008

The state unemployment rate in May was down 1.9 percentage points from its May 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

According to numbers released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point in May to 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008.

The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.3 percent, which was unchanged from April. The state rate was down 1.9 percentage points from its May 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

In the past year, nonfarm jobs in the state are up 1 percent, with most growth in private industries, including leisure and hospitality and professional and business services, state data shows.

Total nonfarm jobs increased by 24,700 in May to reach 5,794,900, the highest level since September 2008, state official said. “The majority of the gain was within the private sector, which added 21,700 jobs to reach a record high of 5,078,000 while public sector jobs were up by 3,000. The largest gain was in leisure & hospitality, which reached a record high of 550,000 jobs. Education & health services and professional & business services also both reached record high levels in May,” the state said.

Bob Lentz June 22, 2014 at 07:29 AM
When did you first realize our government and state politicos are liars ? It just didn't happen from one article , did it ?
b June 22, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Of course unemployment rate is down, they don't count those still waiting to find jobs, and or still filing for uc benefits. I have been out work since 2012, been Actively searching and was told that as of January1st, to still file biweekly claims until congress and senate votes on the program. Then recently told as of May 31st, I had 22 weeks pending a vote by them to get paid for those weeks. I was also told that I had to stop filing, even though I'm still not working and file a nee claim on July 1, 2014 so that they came implement a new quarter system. Thus I lose a month's pay. My question is what happens to the 22weeks that I am due that they said is pending? They couldn't answer that!!! I guess when it comes to election time my vote and opinion just like my pending 22weeks will not count somehow. In the meantime, my family is about to lose a home for two reasons, (1) landlord hasn't paid his taxes for two years and (2) because we can no longer afford to pay $1200/ month in rent. Still doesn't help me find a job!!! When will we count?
Bob Lentz June 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Things have sure changed in ten years . The minimum wage everyone is expecting to even us all out in buying power doesn't come close . With exceptions like other semi pro's or others if they get the minimum wage raised to "I think" $15.00 an hour , ten years ago it was a workable living wage . Today it isn't . Young people can't save money , the banks won't lend you any . All things considered we're all in trouble .
R U guessing ? June 22, 2014 at 05:28 PM
wallst is a Troll !
Wallst June 22, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Hey Phillyboy, you now taking polls from a Patch article? LOL! Like I said, you conservatives aren't the brightest bulbs!


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