Pennsylvania's unemployment rate holds steady at 7.5 percent
The state turned in sluggish employment growth in June, adding 19,100 jobs and maintaining a 7.5 percent unemployment rate that was unchanged from May.
“We're not going backwards,” said Frank Gamrat, senior economist at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, Castle Shannon.
“It's growing; it's just not growing as quickly as we would like it to,” he said.
Employment gains were led by the education and health services sector, which added 17,100 jobs across the state last month, according to seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the Department of Labor & Industry.
“Health and education is really toeing the line,” Gamrat said.
Despite those gains, Gamrat called the June numbers a “mixed bag” because goods-producing businesses — in construction, mining and logging, and manufacturing — all experienced declines.
“A lot of the steam we've had in the last couple years seems to have gone out of the machine,” he said.
Goods-producing industries shed 5,600 workers last month, led by a 3,600-job decrease in construction.
The data on jobs come from a survey of employers. A separate survey of households is used to calculate the unemployment rate, which, while unchanged from May, was down from 8 percent in June 2012.
“That's significant. That's some positive in all this,” Gamrat said.
State figures showed 490,000 people were unemployed last month, up from 488,000 the month before.
The national unemployment rate in June was 7.6 percent, unchanged from May, and down from 8.2 percent in June 2012.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Add Alex Nixon to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Concurrent Technologies focuses on developing batteries for renewable energy, electric cars
- Impact fees garner support from state community leaders
- Oil glut forces producers to seek out more storage tanks
- Foreign central banks buck Fed, cut interest rates
- Oakland firm Qualaris Healthcare’s software saves time in hospitals
- Trade deals good way to add jobs, CEOs say
- Auto industry slows for bad weather, but stays on course
- Company proposes building 2 gas-fired power plants in West Virginia
- Wolf tax proposal puts Beaver County Shell plant at risk, gas group head says
- Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards honors outstanding efforts
- Rue21 adjusts for tough market