For the ninth consecutive month, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate has declined. The current unemployment rate is 5.7% and has not been at that level since April of 2008. In the month of April, Pennsylvania added 23,000 jobs statewide. Here is a breakdown of where the increase in jobs came from. One year ago, in April 2013, Pennsylvania unemployment rate was at 7.6%.
Total nonfarm %jobs grew by 10,900 in April to reach 5,768,800, the highest level since October 2008. The gain was concentrated in the private sector, which added 11,600 jobs while public sector jobs fell by 700.
The largest gain was in professional and business services (up 8,100), which reached a record high at 759,000 jobs.
Construction also added a large amount of jobs in April, up 6,500, the third gain in the last four months.
With regards to the specific counties in which our law firm practices, here are the individual county-wide numbers:
Adams County: 5.0%
Cumberland County: 4.8%
Dauphin County: 5.5%
Franklin County: 5.4%
Fulton County: 7.4%
Lancaster County: 4.9%
Perry County: 5.6%
York County: 5.9%