Pennsylvania's employment situation improved in June, with unemployment falling 5.6 percent from a year ago while employment numbers increased by 1.3 percent in the same time, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.
There were 80,000 more people employed in June than a year ago, and 29,000 fewer people on unemployment, according to L&I. The unemployment rate remained at 7.5 percent in June, but that’s half a percentage point lower than a year ago.
Total nonfarm seasonally adjusted jobs increased by 32,800 over the past year, or 0.6 percent.
Goods producing industries lost 6,100 jobs since June 2012, or 0.7 percent. Since May, the segment lost 5,600 jobs. Mining and logging lost 1,000 jobs since last year, or 2.7 percent. Construction lost 3,500 jobs, or 1.6 percent.
Services industries fared much better, adding nearly 39,000 jobs since last year, or 0.8 percent. The largest gains were education and health services with 25,000 jobs, or a 2.1 percent increase, and leisure and hospitality with 11,600 jobs, or 2.2 percent.