State Unemployment Rate Held Steady in May

Jun 24, 2019 | Member News

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent during May, a continued record low, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.


The national unemployment rate also held steady from April at 3.6 percent. This is down two-tenths over the same time period last year. While, Pennsylvania’s rate declined by one-half a percentage point from May 2018.

A survey of households found that Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force, the estimated number of residents working or looking for work, was unchanged from April at 6,471,000. Employment rose by 1,000 to a record high, while unemployment declined 1,000.   

Total nonfarm jobs rose from April to a record high of 6,051,400. May was the sixth consecutive gain, as well as sixth consecutive record high for jobs. Jobs increased over the month in five of the 11 industry supersectors. Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,900.    

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