Approximately 2,300 Pennsylvania jobs were added in April, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. This gain broke the state’s two month streak of jobs losses. Hiring has remained practically static since the summer of 2007 and the number of seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in Pennsylvania has remained around 5.8 million.
The civilian labor force, which is the number of people working or searching for work in the state, also rose to 6,370,000 in April, which is an increase of 46,000 since March. This figure is up by 95,000 from the previous year.
Despite gains in Pennsylvania jobs, the unemployment rate rose from 4.9 percent in March to 5 percent in April. Governor Ed Rendell says that the increase in the number of residents in the state who are either working or looking for work is why the Pennsylvania jobless rate rose in spite of the fact that more positions are available than in previous months. The state’s unemployment rate last month was identical to the national average. In April of 2007, the Pennsylvania jobless rate was 4.3 percent.
Some of the best news to come out last month was the creation of 600 new Pennsylvania jobs in the manufacturing sector, which was the industry’s largest gain in employment in over a year. April was the second month in row that manufacturers in the state increased the number of individuals on their payrolls since July of 2000, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. This industry has been suffering nationwide for sometime now.
Other sectors that created jobs in Pennsylvania included professional and business services and education and health services. Together these two industries created the majority of the 2,3000 new positions added in April. Trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality did away with Pennsylvania jobs, as did the construction industry, which has been hid hard throughout the country by the housing market slump.