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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.2 percent in September. The U.S. rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point from its August level to 4.8 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points below its September 2020 level and the national rate declined 3.0 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased by 16,000 individuals over the month due mostly to a drop of 15,000 in unemployment which fell for the seventh consecutive month.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs decreased by 7,900 over the month to 5,733,700 in September. The number of jobs increased in seven of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was a drop of 16,500 government jobs. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 131,000 with gains in 8 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure and hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 46,100 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of September 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 to provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. September data are preliminary and subject to revision.

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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
September August September     August 2021    September 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,277 6,293 6,317 -16 -0.3% -40 -0.6%
Employment 5,886 5,888 5,867 -2  0.0%  19   0.3%
Unemployment 390 405 450 -15 -3.7% -60 -13.3%
Rate 6.2 6.4 7.1 -0.2 —- -0.9 —-
U.S.
Civilian Labor Force 161,354 161,537 160,078 -183 -0.1%  1,276   0.8%
Employment 153,680 153,154 147,543 526  0.3%  6,137   4.2%
Unemployment 7,674 8,384 12,535 -710 -8.5% -4,861 -38.8%
Rate 4.8 5.2 7.8 -0.4 —- -3.0 —-
Note: October 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on November 19th, 2021.
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
September August September August 2021 September 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,733.7 5,741.6 5,602.7 -7.9 -0.1% 131.0  2.3%
Goods Producing Industries 817.0 817.1 802.4 -0.1  0.0% 14.6  1.8%
  Mining & Logging 21.5 21.6 22.1 -0.1 -0.5% -0.6 -2.7%
  Construction 245.2 245.6 246.0 -0.4 -0.2% -0.8 -0.3%
  Manufacturing 550.3 549.9 534.3  0.4  0.1% 16.0  3.0%
Service Providing Industries 4,916.7 4,924.5 4,800.3 -7.8 -0.2% 116.4  2.4%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,100.6 1,097.3 1,075.1  3.3  0.3%  25.5  2.4%
  Information 84.4 84.2 81.9  0.2  0.2%   2.5  3.1%
  Financial Activities 330.1 329.8 324.3  0.3  0.1%   5.8  1.8%
  Professional & Business Services 772.5 774.5 752.6 -2.0 -0.3%  19.9  2.6%
  Education & Health Services 1,247.2 1,247.0 1,228.0  0.2  0.0%  19.2  1.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality 473.9 467.8 427.8  6.1  1.3%  46.1 10.8%
  Other Services 238.5 237.9 226.8  0.6  0.3%  11.7  5.2%
  Government 669.5 686.0 683.8 -16.5 -2.4% -14.3 -2.1%
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: October 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on November 19th, 2021.