| Business

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pa. jobless rate ticks lower to 8.1%

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The state's unemployment rate in October was 8.1 percent, down slightly from 8.2 percent in September.

The civilian labor force also grew last month, adding 31,000 people and reaching a record high of 4.93 million, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The labor force measures the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for work, but not unemployed people who have given up searching for a job.

“This was the second-largest single-month increase on record, signaling renewed confidence in the Pennsylvania economy,” the department said in a statement.

Although the increase in the labor force from the government's household survey is encouraging, there's very little in the employer survey to be optimistic about, said Frank Gamrat, an economist with the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, a Castle Shannon think tank.

The employer survey showed that the state's businesses added 7,500 jobs in October, a 0.1 percent increase to a total of 5,752,200 nonfarm jobs across the state.

“There's nothing from September to October that leads me to believe the Pennsylvania economy is growing,” Gamrat said.

On the goods-producing side, a slight gain in manufacturing jobs was canceled by a loss in construction jobs.

Among the service businesses, small gains in transportation, health care and education were offset by declines in hospitality and government workers.

Alex Nixon is a staff writer forTrib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or

Add Alex Nixon to your Google+ circles.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. Coke had hand in shaping nonprofit health group, emails show
  2. Mall stores required to open for Thanksgiving
  3. Black Friday loosens hold on season
  4. Feds upgrade GDP’s growth
  5. New rules proposed for high-speed traders
  6. Union leaders warn Post-Gazette newsroom of possible layoffs
  7. Covestro leader MacCleary finds stability amid change
  8. Financial giant slashes coal investment
  9. Stocks shake off Middle East tensions, drop in consumer confidence
  10. Collectors willing to overpay for silver, value ‘all in the eye of the beholder’
  11. Powder metals fabricator Atlas Pressed Metals diversifies appeal to customers