Pa. Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in July

Unemployment rose three-tenths of a percent in July in Pennsylvania, according to state officials.

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 7.6 percent. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 51 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 69 consecutive months.
The state unemployment rate was down 0.2 percentage points from July 2011.
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 10,000 in July to 6,478,000. Resident employment was down 10,000 to 5,969,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 21,000 to 509,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 110,000 above its July 2011 level.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 3,100 in July to 5,709,200. Following a downward revision to the June jobs count, this was the fourth consecutive monthly decline. Since March, jobs were down 19,100, but this followed a two-month increase of 27,400 in February and March. Both goods producers and service providers declined from June. The largest drops were in education & health services and leisure & hospitality, which were each down 3,900 jobs. Mining & logging and professional & business services reached record high levels in July.
Pennsylvania’s job count was up 20,000 (0.4 percent) over the year while the national total nonfarm jobs were up 1,838,000 (1.4 percent) over the past 12 months.

slyfox August 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Have to share – a guy we know hasn’t worked a steady job in over 5 years. He was laid off and then collected unemployment, had that extended, then extended again. Drinks beer starting at 9am each and every day, makes sure he has his keg replenished every week, smokes about 2-3 cartons of cigarettes every week, asks his mother in law to help pay the mortgage (she “loaned” him about $5,000) which he never will pay back, goes on interviews, gets hired and then they lay him off right away because he is a jerk. He went through the career link programs but nothing comes up & when it does he makes sure they lay him off. Now, THIS has type of blatant, ignorant use of government money has to stop but how do you make that happen? How does this system get all screwed up like this? I am sick of working every single day to support lazy losers like this. How can this be stopped? Millions use the system as this loser does and it makes me sick. Oh yeah, he also went to a phone store, said he dropped his I-phone (he was drunk at the time) so they gave him a FREE phone – he pays about $40 a month. My family doesn’t even spend money like that. He gets it all for FREE! Makes us sick that this happens.
slyfox August 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
On the other hand, an idiot mowing a public area with a commercial stand up mower scraped my husband new truck with the rubber coated handles and you could SEE it was a perfect match yet our insurance company said, oh well you can’t prove it so get it fixed yourself. See? There is no such thing as karma as much as I would hope. Bad things happen to good, honest people and good things happen to bad people. Makes no sense. Just makes me mad.
slyfox August 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Sorry, just had to vent...


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