PA’s unemployment rate 4 percent for September

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from August to 4 percent — two-tenths of a percentage point above the record low that was held from April through June.

The national rate, at 3.5 percent, was down two-tenths from August.

Over the year, the Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has declined by two-tenths of a percentage point.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Friday released its employment situation report for September 2019.

Report highlights

• Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force — the estimated number of residents working or looking for work — was up 12,000 over the month to 6,492,000.

• Employment was up by 6,000 and unemployment rose by 5,000.

• The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania — referred to as total non-farm jobs — decreased 5,000 over the month to 6,044,500 in September.

• Jobs were down in eight of the 11 industry super-sectors.

• The largest super-sector movement from August was a decline of 2,900 education & health services jobs.

• Trade, transportation & utilities had the largest gain, rising 2,800 to a record high of 1,132,700.

• Over the year, total non-farm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 30,200 with gains in 10 of the 11 super-sectors.

• The largest gain from last September was an increase of 9,000 jobs in education & health services.

Additional information is available on the L&I website at — — or on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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

By Bill O’Boyle

[email protected]

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.