05/22/2020

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate At 15.1 Percent in April

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for April 2020.The April unemployment and jobs surveys reflect the effects of business and school closures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was up 9.3 percentage points over the month to 15.1 percent in April. The national rate rose 10.3 percentage points from March to 14.7 percent. The commonwealth's unemployment rate increased by 11.0 percentage points from April 2019 while the national rate was up 11.1 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – declined by 91,000 over the month. Resident employment was down 687,000 while unemployment rose by 597,000.  

Pennsylvania's total nonfarm jobs were down 1,024,100 over the month to 5,014,200 in April. Jobs were down in each of the 11 industry supersectors. The largest volume supersector decline for the second consecutive month was in leisure & hospitality. 

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 1,044,000 with declines in 10 of the 11 supersectors (financial activities was unchanged from last April). The largest volume 12-month change among supersectors was a decline of 347,100 jobs in leisure & hospitality. 

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookOpens In A New Window, TwitterOpens In A New Window, and LinkedInOpens In A New Window

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov

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Editor's Note: The April unemployment and jobs surveys reflect the effects of COVID-19 and mitigation efforts to contain it. 

A breakdown of Pennsylvania's employment statistics follows.

 

 

Current Labor Force Statistics

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

   Change from

   Change from

 

April

March

April 

    March 2020  

      April 2019

 

2020

2020

2019

volume

percent

volume

percent

PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

6,452

6,543

6,449

-91

-1.4%

3

0.0%

Employment

5,476

6,163

6,182

-687

-11.1%

-706

-11.4%

Unemployment

976

379

267

597

157.5%

709

265.5%

Rate

15.1

5.8

4.1

9.3

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11.0

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U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civilian Labor Force

156,481

162,913

162,546

-6,432

-3.9%

-6,065

-3.7%

Employment

133,403

155,772

156,696

-22,369

-14.4%

-23,293

-14.9%

Unemployment

23,078

7,140

5,850

15,938

223.2%

17,228

294.5%

Rate

14.7

4.4

3.6

10.3

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11.1

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Note: May 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 19, 2020.

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment

Seasonally Adjusted

(in thousands)

   Change from

   Change from

April

March

April

     March 2020

      April 2019

 

2020

2020

2019

volume

percent

volume

percent

Total Nonfarm Jobs

5,014.2

6,038.3

6,058.2

-1024.1

-17.0%

-1044.0

-17.2%

 

Goods Producing Industries

683.0

860.3

868.2

-177.3

-20.6%

-185.2

-21.3%

  Mining & Logging

25.1

27.5

29.8

-2.4

-8.7%

-4.7

-15.8%

  Construction

158.7

259.6

261.7

-100.9

-38.9%

-103.0

-39.4%

  Manufacturing

499.2

573.2

576.7

-74.0

-12.9%

-77.5

-13.4%

Service Providing Industries

4,331.2

5,178.0

5,190.0

-846.8

-16.4%

-858.8

-16.5%

  Trade, Transportation & Utilities

940.2

1,129.1

1,125.4

-188.9

-16.7%

-185.2

-16.5%

  Information

77.9

86.4

86.2

-8.5

-9.8%

-8.3

-9.6%

  Financial Activities

329.0

336.1

329.0

-7.1

-2.1%

0.0

0.0%

  Professional & Business Services

739.3

815.4

814.2

-76.1

-9.3%

-74.9

-9.2%

  Education & Health Services

1,146.7

1,293.4

1,292.1

-146.7

-11.3%

-145.4

-11.3%

  Leisure & Hospitality

230.2

553.2

577.3

-323.0

-58.4%

-347.1

-60.1%

  Other Services

179.5

257.5

261.6

-78.0

-30.3%

-82.1

-31.4%

  Government

688.4

706.9

704.2

-18.5

-2.6%

-15.8

-2.2%

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 2020 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 19, 2020.