PA unemployment at 9.2 percent

The Department of Labor and Industry has released new unemployment data. 9.2 percent of Pennsylvania residents were out of work last month. That’s below the national 9.5 percent figure, and up a point from June 2009.

The news comes on the day the Onorato campaign launched a new website called www.cluelesstom.com, which highlights Attorney General Tom Corbett’s comments about unemployment last week. (Remarks that earned Corbett the dubious distinction of being named Keith Olbermann’s “TWORST Person in the World” last night.)

The latest update in this ongoing saga comes from Capitolwire, who tracked down the Camp Hill candy company Corbett credited with telling him how hard it was to find workers. Officials at the Warell Corporation say Corbett mixed up his facts when telling reporters they had to bring in European college students to fill positions, due to a lack of interest from unemployed Pennsylvania residents. The company did bring in the students – but for part-time slots, and as part of a long-running summer exchange program they take part in.

Here’s the L&I press release:

News for Immediate Release

July 15, 2010

Pennsylvania’s Employment Situation:  June

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in June, unchanged from the revised May rate.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.5 percent and has been at or below the national rate for 87 of the past 90 months. The state rate was up 1 percentage point from June 2009, while the U.S. rate equaled its rate from a year ago.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – fell by 27,000 residents in June to 6,437,000. Nearly all the labor force drop was among resident employment, which fell by 25,000. The unemployment count, down 1,000 in June, dropped for the first time since December 2007. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 29,000 from its June 2009 level.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count fell by 6,300 in June.  Despite this month’s decline – the first in the past four months – Pennsylvania has added a net total of 64,200 jobs so far in 2010. During the first six month of 2009, Pennsylvania lost 143,300 jobs.

Service-providing industries accounted for two-thirds of the total June job losses. Among supersectors, the biggest decline was in Government, which fell 4,700 as temporary 2010 Census jobs began phasing out. Two service-providing industry supersectors, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality, added 5,400 and 900 jobs, respectively, in June. Due primarily to the phasing out of temporary Census jobs, the United States’ job count in June fell for the first time this year, down 125,000.

Pennsylvania jobs were up 22,800, or 0.4 percent, from June 2009. This was the biggest over-the-year jobs gain since May 2008. Meanwhile, the United States’ job count was down 170,000 jobs from June 2009.

Media contact: Troy Thompson, 717-787-7530

Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s June employment statistics follows.

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from      Change from
June           May            June             May 2010         June 2009
2010           2010           2009        volume   percent     volume   percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force    6,437   6,464   6,408   -27     -0.4%   29      0.5%
Employment      5,847   5,872   5,884   -25     -0.4%   -37     -0.6%
Unemployment    591     592     523     -1      -0.2%   68      13.0%
Rate    9.2     9.2     8.2     0.0     —-    1.0     —-

U.S.
Civilian Labor Force    153,741 154,393 154,759 -652    -0.4%   -1,018  -0.7%
Employment      139,119 139,420 140,038 -301    -0.2%   -919    -0.7%
Unemployment    14,623  14,973  14,721  -350    -2.3%   -98     -0.7%
Rate    9.5     9.7     9.5     -0.2    —-    0.0     —-

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from    Change from
June          May            June            May 2010       June 2009
2010           2010           2009      volume  percent volume  percent

Total Nonfarm Jobs      5,618.4 5,624.7 5,595.6 -6.3    -0.1%   22.8    0.4%

Goods Producing Industries      801.4   803.5   813.5   -2.1    -0.3%   -12.1   -1.5%
Mining & Logging      24.8    24.2    21.7    0.6     2.5%    3.1     14.3%
Construction  217.6   218.6   222.4   -1.0    -0.5%   -4.8    -2.2%
Manufacturing 559.0   560.7   569.4   -1.7    -0.3%   -10.4   -1.8%

Service Providing Industries    4,817.0 4,821.2 4,782.1 -4.2    -0.1%   34.9    0.7%
Trade, Transportation & Utilities     1,075.6 1,076.8 1,079.6 -1.2    -0.1%   -4.0    -0.4%
Information   97.3    98.1    99.6    -0.8    -0.8%   -2.3    -2.3%
Financial Activities  309.9   310.4   318.8   -0.5    -0.2%   -8.9    -2.8%
Professional & Business Services      682.7   677.3   667.3   5.4     0.8%    15.4    2.3%
Education & Health Services   1,128.7 1,131.7 1,119.4 -3.0    -0.3%   9.3     0.8%
Leisure & Hospitality 507.4   506.5   492.5   0.9     0.2%    14.9    3.0%
Other Services        248.3   248.6   250.0   -0.3    -0.1%   -1.7    -0.7%
Government    767.1   771.8   754.9   -4.7    -0.6%   12.2    1.6%

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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