Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for August 2021.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 6.4 percent in August. July’s rate was revised down one-tenth to 6.5 percent. The U.S. rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from July’s level to 5.2 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points below its August 2020 level and the national rate was down 3.2 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 7,000 over the month in large part due to a drop of 6,000 in unemployment which fell for the sixth consecutive month.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 5,100 over the month to 5,743,000 in August. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was a drop of 8,800 leisure & hospitality jobs, while the largest gain was tied between professional & business services and other services, each up 3,200. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 191,100 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 66,700 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of August 2021.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.

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

 

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)

Change from Change from
August July August July 2021 August 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,295 6,302 6,252 -7 -0.1% 43 0.7%
Employment 5,889 5,890 5,614 -1  0.0% 275 4.9%
Unemployment 406 412 638 -6 -1.5% -232 -36.4%
Rate 6.4 6.5 10.2 -0.1 —- -3.8 —-
U.S.
Civilian Labor Force 161,537 161,347 160,818  190  0.1% 719 0.4%
Employment 153,154 152,645 147,276  509  0.3% 5,878 4.0%
Unemployment 8,384 8,702 13,542 -318 -3.7% -5,158 -38.1%
Rate 5.2 5.4 8.4 -0.2 —- -3.2 —-
Note: September 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on October 22nd, 2021.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)

Change from Change from
August July August July 2021 August 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,743.0 5,737.9 5,551.9 5.1 0.1% 191.1 3.4%
Goods Producing Industries 817.8 812.1 796.3 5.7 0.7% 21.5 2.7%
  Mining & Logging 22.1 21.6 22.0 0.5 2.3% 0.1 0.5%
  Construction 245.7 243.6 244.0 2.1 0.9% 1.7 0.7%
  Manufacturing 550.0 546.9 530.3 3.1 0.6% 19.7 3.7%
Service Providing Industries 4,925.2 4,925.8 4,755.6 -0.6 0.0% 169.6 3.6%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,097.2 1,097.7 1,063.8 -0.5 0.0% 33.4 3.1%
  Information 85.6 84.9 80.2 0.7 0.8% 5.4 6.7%
  Financial Activities 330.6 329.2 323.5 1.4 0.4% 7.1 2.2%
  Professional & Business Services 774.2 771.0 749.3 3.2 0.4% 24.9 3.3%
  Education & Health Services 1,246.4 1,245.0 1,232.2 1.4 0.1% 14.2 1.2%
  Leisure & Hospitality 466.5 475.3 399.8 -8.8 -1.9% 66.7 16.7%
  Other Services 238.9 235.7 220.5 3.2 1.4% 18.4 8.3%
  Government 685.8 687.0 686.3 -1.2 -0.2% -0.5 -0.1%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.paworkstats.pa.gov
Note: September 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released October 22, 2021.