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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.0 percent in October. The U.S. rate also fell two-tenths of a percentage point from its September level, down to 4.6 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points below its October 2020 level and the national rate was down 2.3 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 6,000 over the month. The unemployment count fell for the eighth consecutive month, with 12,000 fewer unemployed individuals in October.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs increased by 19,100 over the month to 5,760,800 in October, the sixth consecutive gain. The number of jobs increased from September in seven of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest movement was an increase of 8,600  leisure & hospitality jobs.  Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 134,700 with gains in nine of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 47,300 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of October 2021.

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

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

Note: All 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
October September October September 2021 October 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,270 6,276 6,314 -6 -0.1% -44 -0.7%
Employment 5,892 5,886 5,870  6  0.1%  22  0.4%
Unemployment 378 390 444 -12 -3.1% -66 -14.9%
Rate 6.0 6.2 7.0 -0.2 —- -1.0 —-
U.S.
Civilian Labor Force 161,458 161,354 160,718 104 0.1%   740  0.5%
Employment 154,039 153,680 149,669 359 0.2% 4,370  2.9%
Unemployment 7,419 7,674 11,049 -255 -3.3% -3,630 -32.9%
Rate 4.6 4.8 6.9 -0.2 —- -2.3 —-
Note: November 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 17, 2021.
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
October September October September 2021 October 2020
2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,760.8 5,741.7 5,626.1 19.1  0.3% 134.7  2.4%
Goods Producing Industries 818.3 817.0 804.8  1.3  0.2% 13.5  1.7%
  Mining & Logging 21.3 21.4 21.1 -0.1 -0.5%  0.2  0.9%
  Construction 245.8 246.0 247.1 -0.2 -0.1% -1.3 -0.5%
  Manufacturing 551.2 549.6 536.6  1.6  0.3% 14.6  2.7%
Service Providing Industries 4,942.5 4,924.7 4,821.3 17.8  0.4% 121.2  2.5%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,104.6 1,101.0 1,078.6  3.6  0.3% 26.0  2.4%
  Information 85.7 85.6 81.6  0.1  0.1%  4.1  5.0%
  Financial Activities 329.7 330.2 322.7 -0.5 -0.2%  7.0  2.2%
  Professional & Business Services 776.9 773.9 752.2  3.0  0.4% 24.7  3.3%
  Education & Health Services 1,248.6 1,244.6 1,242.2  4.0  0.3%  6.4  0.5%
  Leisure & Hospitality 485.2 476.6 437.9  8.6  1.8% 47.3 10.8%
  Other Services 239.1 237.2 230.0  1.9  0.8%  9.1  4.0%
  Government 672.7 675.6 676.1 -2.9 -0.4% -3.4 -0.5%
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: November 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on December 17, 2021.