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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 1,300 jobs in January

March 13, 2017

Pennsylvania’s actual hospital employment increased by 1,300 jobs from December 2016 to January 2017, for total direct employment of 272,300. This is 4,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, January 2016, when the total number was 267,400. The hospital industry employment figures are not seasonally adjusted. Revisions to the civilian labor force and nonfarm jobs series through 2016 have been completed and are reflected in HAP’s updated monthly employment data (not seasonally adjusted) from December 2007 through January 2017 for select Pennsylvania industries, including hospitals.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January 2017 was down two-tenths of a percentage point from December 2016 to 5.2 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate remained above that of the United States, which increased one-tenth of a percentage point in January to 4.8 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point.

Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs were up 15,300 to a record high of 5,931,600 in January. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs from December. The largest gain was in construction (+5,900), while the largest drop was in manufacturing (-2,700). Three supersectors—professional & business services, education & health services, and leisure & hospitality—reached record high job levels in January.

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