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Retail jobs in Pennsylvania added

Posted on March 31, 2016

Many more retail jobs in Pennsylvania were added last month, according to the latest employment statistics.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point in January to 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2007.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below that of the United States, which also declined one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 4.9 percent.

The commonwealth’s rate was down seven-tenths of a percentage point since January 2015 while the national rate declined by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 34,500 (+0.6%). All eight service-providing supersectors added jobs from January 2015, while all three goods-producing supersectors declined.

The largest increase from last year was in leisure & hospitality (+16,600), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-9,300).

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up 11,000 in January to 6,448,000. Resident employment rose by 16,000 while the unemployment count declined by 5,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were down 16,100 from December’s record high level to 5,852,000 in January.

The largest drop was in education & health services, which fell 11,200 from a record high in December.

The largest gain was in manufacturing, which increased for the third consecutive month.

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