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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add Jobs for Eleven Straight Months

August 21, 2017

During July, Pennsylvania hospitals added 900 jobs to their workforce, capping off an 11-month hiring frenzy which resulted in 8,900 new hospital jobs since August 2016, and record high hospital employment in Pennsylvania. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 278,200 during July 2017. Hospital employment in Pennsylvania has risen 5.7 percent (15,100 jobs added) since their recession low of 263,100 jobs during April 2010.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.0 percent during July. The commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States, which was down one-tenth of a percentage point from June to 4.3 percent. During the year, the Pennsylvania rate declined by one-half of a percentage point. Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.0 percent from July 2016, while jobs in the United States were up 1.5 percent. Six supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs during the year; the largest increase during the past 12 months was in education and health services supersector.

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

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