PA Unemployment Drops, Job Growth Still Weak

We’re not producing jobs; we’re just giving up.

Here’s the good news: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has dipped to 6.4 percent —the lowest rate since November 2008.

Here’s the less good news: That number only looks good because Pennsylvania’s workforce keeps shrinking. People are giving up on finding work here, which leaves a tighter labor pool with lower unemployment behind.

Here’s the numbers to prove it:


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The workforce actually lost 8,000 members between December and January; that could be seasonal fluctuation, but since January 2013 there are 74,000 fewer Pennsylvanians trying to find work. (That 1.1 percent decline in the size of the state workforce, incidentally, quintuples the national decline of 0.2 percent.)

That's how a 0.3 percent increase in the number of employed Pennsylvanians—just 18,000 new jobs over the course of a year—somehow translate to a 1.4 percent drop in unemployment over the same time period.

Stop us if you've heard this story before.

It's not that we're producing jobs; instead, we're just about leading the nation in giving up.

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  • matthew brandley

    when you strip away the seasonaly adjusted bs 2.89 million where lost in january and 15 million in fe. so you all can tell me thebls aka the obama adm is indeed cooking the books.

    • Jane Yavis

      Matthew, let me break your code. It’s Obama’s fault. A G A I N.

      My heart aches for many who have been caught in the Unemployment Cut off.

      However, as a baby-boomer, I have witnessed many ready to Retires in well paid positions negotiating as part of their Retirement Package they be laid
      off in order to collect what for could amount to 2 and for some 3 years
      Unemployment. And that would be in addition to a fairly nice salary
      continuation and extension of Health Care Benefits.

      Even though you have been trained by the best to blame everything on Obama and those Powerful Poor,,,,the abuse of Unemployment Benefits is hardly limited to those identified in Wing Nut Basement Bloggers.
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