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PA unemployment rate falls to 5.1%, lowest since Feb 2020

More than 80% of jobs lost have been recovered

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its preliminary employment situation report for February 2022.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 5.1 percent in February, marking the 22nd consecutive month without an unemployment rate increase. The U.S. unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in February. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points below its February 2021 level and the national rate was down 2.4 points over the year.

This is the lowest unemployment rate for Pennsylvania since February 2020, pre-pandemic.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 1,000 over the month. The employment count rose 12,000 (to 6,042,000) while resident unemployment declined 13,000 (to 328,000).

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 34,400 over the month to 5,890,800 in February. Jobs increased in eight of the 11 industry supersectors. Trade, transportation & utilities – which increased by 19,200 – had the largest share of the monthly gain and set a record high of 1,155,700 jobs. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 224,100 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the largest 12-month gain, adding 71,800 jobs. Two supersectors – trade, transportation & utilities and information – were above their pre-pandemic job levels in February 2022.

From April 2020 through February 2022, Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 82% of jobs lost due to the pandemic.

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. February 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
February January February   January 2022   February 2021
2022 2022 2021 volume  percent  volume  percent
PA
Civilian Labor Force 6,370 6,371 6,448   -1   0.0%    -78   -1.2%
Employment 6,042 6,030 5,977   12   0.2%      65    1.1%
Unemployment 328 341 471  -13  -3.8%   -143 -30.4%
Rate 5.1 5.4 7.3 -0.3    —-    -2.2    —-
U.S.
Civilian Labor Force 163,991 163,687 160,359 304 0.2% 3,632 2.3%
Employment 157,722 157,174 150,367 548 0.3% 7,355 4.9%
Unemployment 6,270 6,513 9,992 -243 -3.7% -3,722 -37.2%
Rate 3.8 4.0 6.2 -0.2 —- -2.4 —-
Note: March 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on April 15, 2022.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
   Change from   Change from
February January February    January 2022  February 2021
2022 2022 2021 volume  percent  volume  percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,890.8 5,856.4 5,666.7   34.4  0.6%   224.1    4.0%
Goods Producing Industries 832.0 823.0 811.9    9.0  1.1%     20.1    2.5%
  Mining & Logging 22.7 22.5 21.7    0.2  0.9%      1.0    4.6%
  Construction 250.7 252.3 251.3   -1.6 -0.6%     -0.6   -0.2%
  Manufacturing 558.6 548.2 538.9  10.4  1.9%     19.7    3.7%
Service Providing Industries 5,058.8 5,033.4 4,854.8 25.4  0.5%   204.0    4.2%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,155.7 1,136.5 1,099.1 19.2  1.7%     56.6    5.1%
  Information 89.3 89.9 83.0 -0.6 -0.7%       6.3    7.6%
  Financial Activities 329.3 329.1 327.3 0.2  0.1%       2.0    0.6%
  Professional & Business Services 812.9 812.9 788.5 0.0  0.0%     24.4    3.1%
  Education & Health Services 1,234.8 1,230.6 1,213.4 4.2  0.3%     21.4    1.8%
  Leisure & Hospitality 513.2 512.6 441.4 0.6  0.1%     71.8  16.3%
  Other Services 246.3 244.9 230.1 1.4  0.6%     16.2    7.0%
  Government 677.3 676.9 672.0 0.4  0.1%       5.3    0.8%
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: March 2022 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released on April 15, 2022.