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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA’s retail jobs decreases from the previous year


MARCH 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

MSA’s retail jobs decreases from the previous year

REGION, March 4th- According to data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, (DOL) Center of Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, within the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the retail trade sector lost more jobs in 2014 from the year before than any other job sector.

The DOL 2014 job report indicated that the retail job sector decreased by 600 jobs during that period with general merchandise stores leading the way with a net job loss of 300 from the previous year. Also, grocery store jobs dropped by 200 during the period.

The DOL also reported that the MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate among the 14 MSA’s within Pennsylvania. However, the current unemployment rate of 5.9 percent is the lowest it has been since May 2008 when it was at 5.8 percent. The MSA has had the highest unemployment rate within Pennsylvania consecutively for more than six and half years. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was 8.4 percent.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties of Pennsylvania.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 4.8 percent, decreasing by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 6,367,000 with 309,000 not working. Pennsylvania has 6,058,000 civilians with employment. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased by two full percentage points over the past twelve month.

The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent, the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest unemployment rate at 5.5 percent while the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.2 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 3.8 percent. The Lancaster MSA and the Lebanon MSA are tied for the second lowest at 3.9 percent while the Harrisburg MSA has the third lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 4.2 percent.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA has the fifth largest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 274,200 civilians. There are 16,100 civilians without employment, decreasing by 400 from the previous report. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest labor-force in Pennsylvania at 2,974,900 with 163,400 not working; the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor-force at 1,241,700 with 57,500 without jobs; and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor-force at 426,300 with 22,300 not working.

The Williamsport MSA has the smallest labor-force in Pennsylvania with 63,100 civilians and 3,200 of them have no jobs. The Altoona MSA has the second smallest labor-force with 64,100 civilians with 2,900 without employment and the Johnstown MSA is third with a labor-force of 65,200 and 3,700 of them are not working.

Meanwhile, transportation, warehousing and utilities jobs showed the largest gain within the MSA during 2014, increasing by 1,700 jobs overall. The mining, logging and construction sector gained 900 jobs during the period while professional and business services jobs dropped by 1,100 combined together.

According to the data, there were 22,400 leisure and hospitality jobs in the MSA in 2014, increasing by 200 from 2013. Hospital jobs dropped by 100 in 2014 to 9,100. Also, there were 65,200 trade, transportation, and utilities jobs within the MSA during the period. The number of jobs within the sector were the highest ever reported for the MSA.

Government jobs overall decreased by 100 in 2014 from 2013. However, federal jobs did increase during the year by 200 to 4,200 while state government jobs dropped by 200 to 19,000. Also, local government jobs decreased by 100 to 6,300.

Manufacturing jobs during 2014 decreased by 100 to 27,400.