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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate at 7.4 percent in April

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

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 7.4 percent in April. The U.S. rate also increased one-tenth of a percentage point from March to 6.1 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percentage points below its April 2020 level and the national rate was down 8.7 points over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – increased 2,000 over the month as unemployment rose slightly more than employment declined.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were down 4,400 over the month to 5,666,500 in April. Jobs increased in 6 of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in construction (+3,400). The largest decline from March was in professional & business services (-6,500). Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 703,600 with gains in 9 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality had the steepest gain from last April, adding back over 200,000 of the nearly 340,000 jobs lost in March and April 2020.

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.

 

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  April March April March 2021 April 2020
  2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,338 6,336 6,314 2 0.0% 24   0.4%
Employment 5,872 5,874 5,291 -2 0.0% 581  11.0%
Unemployment 466 462 1,023 4 0.9% -557 -54.4%
Rate 7.4 7.3 16.2 0.1 —- -8.8 —-
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 160,988 160,558 156,478 430 0.3% 4,510    2.9%
Employment 151,176 150,848 133,370 328 0.2% 17,806  13.4%
Unemployment 9,812 9,710 23,109 102 1.1% -13,297 -57.5%
Rate 6.1 6.0 14.8 0.1 —- -8.7 —-
Note: May 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 18th, 2021.

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
April March April March 2021 April 2020
  2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,666.5 5,670.9 4,962.9 -4.4 -0.1% 703.6 14.2%
 
Goods Producing Industries 820.3 817.8 678.2  2.5  0.3% 142.1 21.0%
  Mining & Logging 22.0 21.8 23.5  0.2  0.9% -1.5 -6.4%
  Construction 256.1 252.7 162.8  3.4  1.3% 93.3 57.3%
  Manufacturing 542.2 543.3 491.9 -1.1 -0.2% 50.3 10.2%
Service Providing Industries 4,846.2 4,853.1 4,284.7 -6.9 -0.1% 561.5 13.1%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,094.8 1,099.8 925.6 -5.0 -0.5% 169.2 18.3%
  Information 82.9 81.1 80.0  1.8  2.2% 2.9 3.6%
  Financial Activities 325.1 322.3 321.0  2.8  0.9% 4.1 1.3%
  Professional & Business Services 760.7 767.2 716.0 -6.5 -0.8% 44.7 6.2%
  Education & Health Services 1,232.8 1,235.7 1,150.7 -2.9 -0.2% 82.1 7.1%
  Leisure & Hospitality 447.9 446.5 244.7  1.4  0.3% 203.2 83.0%
  Other Services 230.3 230.4 166.2 -0.1  0.0% 64.1 38.6%
  Government 671.7 670.1 680.5  1.6  0.2% -8.8 -1.3%
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: May 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 18th, 2021.