PA’s unemployment remains steady, still lower than January 2023’s figure

08 March 2024- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its preliminary employment situation report for January 2024. Per standard practice each year, L&I also released revisions to jobs data for the previous five years. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month at 3.4% in January. The U.S. unemployment rate was also unchanged from December, remaining at 3.7%. 

The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate was four-tenths of a percentage point below its January 2023 level of 3.8%, while the national rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 6,000 over the month due to a gain in resident employment while unemployment was unchanged from December.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 14,800 over the month to a record high of 6,129,900. This was the sixth consecutive record high for Pennsylvania’s jobs count. Jobs increased from December in eight of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest gain in education & health services (+7,900), which rose to a record high. 

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 70,100 with gains in five of the 11 supersectors. Education & health services (+59,600) had the largest volume over-the-year gain among supersectors.