The data for unemployment figures in Pennsylvania varied very little during the six month period between March 2010 and August 2010. The Civilian Labor Force in March 2010 was 6,458,000 thousand people, however this dropped to 6,362,000 individuals by August 2010. These figures were compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Department of Labor in the United States of America.
Despite the fact that the number of individuals in the Pennsylvania workforce has declined, the PA unemployment rate has risen. In March the PA unemployment rate sat at nine percent, while by July the PA unemployment rate had increased to 9.3 percent before falling to 9.2 percent in August 2010.
There were 554 mass lay off events between March 2010 and August 2010. This means that there were 50,831 individuals who filed claims for PA unemployment compensation. These initial claims for PA unemployment compensation were spread across 11 different industries in the state of Pennsylvania. The eleven categories from which the Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of applications for PA unemployment compensation are:
· Mining and logging
· Trade, Transportation and Utilities
· Financial Activities
· Professional and Business Services
· Education and Health Services
· Leisure and Hospitality
· Government Jobs
· and other services.