HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding last week’s jobs report that was released by the BLS for June 2013:
“This latest jobs report further proves that Governor Tom Corbett’s pro-jobs policies are putting Pennsylvanians back to work,” Chairman Gleason said.
“Unfortunately, a great month of job growth for the Commonwealth means it’s a bad day for the Democratic Party’s political agenda. While we expect that Democrats will continue to cherry-pick convenient statistics that fit their partisan arguments, today, we’ll simply celebrate a great day for Pennsylvania families.”
Pennsylvania has second highest job growth increase in nation with 19,100 new jobs
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in June. Twenty-eight states had unemployment rate increases, 11 states had decreases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today…The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in California (+30,200), Pennsylvania (+19,100), and Wisconsin (+17,500). (Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary. BLS. 7/18/2013.)
“Good month for the Keystone state”
Despite the steady unemployment rate, it was a fairly good month for the Keystone state. The number of people working in June rose by 19,000, without seasonal adjustment. What that means is that, even when the numbers are worked to take out seasonal highs and lows, more people found jobs in June than normally do. Pennsylvania had the second highest monthly increase in employment in the country in June, second only to California where employment grew by 30,200. Many of the Pennsylvania workers came off the sidelines, which is consistent with graduations and summer jobs. The seasonally-adjusted figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 1,500 fewer people in the state who were counted as unemployed compared to a month earlier, while 10,100 more people were working.
(Belser, Ann. State unemployment rate holds at 7.5 percent in June. Post Gazette. 7/18/2013,)