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PA Hospitals Add 1,400 Jobs during March

May 04, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 1,400 jobs from February 2017 to March 2017, for total direct hospital employment of 274,600. This is 7,300 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during March 2016, when the total number was 267,300. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that, during March, Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm seasonally adjusted jobs were down 16,100 to 5,934,200. Six of the 11 main sectors declined from February levels, with the largest drop in leisure and hospitality (-8,200). The largest volume gain during the month was in professional and business services (3,600).

At 4.8 percent, Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate during March was down 0.2 of a percentage point as compared to February 2017. Over the last 12 months, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by 0.6 of a percentage point.

Still, during March, the commonwealth’s unemployment rate remained above that of the U.S., which decreased 0.2 of a percentage point during March to 4.5 percent.

HAP has updated monthly employment data (not seasonally adjusted) from December 2007 through March 2017 for select Pennsylvania industries, including hospitals, on its website.

Please contact Martin Ciccocioppo, HAP’s vice president, research, for more information.

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