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PA DIOCESE VICTIMS REPORT via PA Attorney General’s Office.

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THIS SITE SERVES AS THE HOLDING GROUND FOR THE RESULTS OF A TWO-YEAR GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION INTO WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN WITHIN SIX DIOCESES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SYSTEMIC COVER UP BY SENIOR CHURCH OFFICIALS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND AT THE VATICAN.

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We will pursue any information or leads concerning child sexual abuse within these Dioceses, wherever it comes from.

Our clergy abuse hotline is: 888-538-8541.


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Transit System’s Censorship Ruling Appealed

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PHILADELPHIA – The ACLU is appealing a court ruling that allows a county transit system to ban ads from an atheist group. The County of Lackawanna Transit System refused to allow the Northeast Pennsylvania Freethought Society to place ads on its vehicles that contained the word “atheist” and the group’s website. The transit system said the ads were too controversial.

According to ACLU staff attorney Brian Hauss, when a government entity such as a transit authority opens up a space for public speech, the First Amendment puts strict limits on its ability to censor that speech.

“When the government has the power to censor speech simply because it’s too controversial, history has shown time and again that the government will inevitably use that power for the benefit of people with political connections and the powerful, and to the detriment of everybody else,” he says.

The Federal District Court upheld the ban, saying the vehicles are a “limited public forum,” allowing for more discretion, and because the ban was not based on the viewpoint of the ads.

But Hauss disagrees with that determination. He points out that when the government is given wide discretion to prohibit speech it deems controversial, no one knows what the factors are that go into that determination.

“If the government concluded, for example, that an ad supporting Black Lives Matter was hate speech, it would be empowered to suppress that advertisement and its discretion would be very hard to overrule,” he explains.

He notes that in a similar case, a transit system in the nation’s capital banned an ad placed by the ACLU that simply contained the text of the First Amendment.

And Hauss points out that official censorship leads to the stifling of debate and the public’s right to know, as has happened in Philadelphia.

“The transit system there refused to run an ad about mortgage discrimination,” notes Hauss. “It was an informational ad explaining that there was systemic mortgage discrimination in a lot of housing in Pennsylvania.”

The ACLU is appealing the Lackawanna ruling to the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Wolf Administration Recognizes Impact of Local, Healthy Foods During Produce Month

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Media, PA – Pennsylvania is home to more than 1,000 farmers’ markets, with local, nutritious, and affordable produce generating more than $140 million for the commonwealth’s economy. Today, in recognition of those significant contributions, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that Governor Tom Wolf has declared August 2018 as Produce Month in Pennsylvania.

“The commonwealth is a leader in the production of fruits and vegetables, and the impact these products have on our communities is far-reaching and profound,” said Sec. Redding. “We continue to support the growth and consumption of Pennsylvania produce, and we continue to encourage Pennsylvanians to eat fresh, eat healthy, and buy local–three of the most important things a consumer can do for themselves and for their community.”

During his visit to Linvilla Orchards in Delaware County today, Sec. Redding noted that Pennsylvania farmers’ markets offer a variety of benefits to local economies. For instance, he said, every $100 spent at a farmers’ market contributes $48 to the local economy.

In addition to the economic impacts realized through the consumption of local produce, Redding also noted that farmers’ markets can help combat food insecurity by providing affordable, or even free, food to Pennsylvanians at risk for hunger.

He reminded eligible residents that they can access fresh, Pennsylvania-grown produce – at no cost — through the Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Participating markets can be found at pafmnp.com. Voucher holders can search for a participating market in their area or an area they are visiting. Participants may redeem vouchers from June 1 through November 30, 2018.

Text of the governor’s proclamation follows:

PENNSYLVANIA PRODUCE MONTH

August 2018

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is a national leader in the production of quality, nutritious and affordable vegetables, a sector of the agriculture industry that generates more than $140 million for the Commonwealth’s economy; and

WHEREAS, nearly 4,000 farm families manage about 49,400 acres which produce well in excess of 200,000 tons of vegetables for fresh and processing use each year; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s vegetable growers are national leaders in the production of processing snap beans (3rd); pumpkins (7th), cantaloupes (7th), fresh market sweet corn (9th), fresh market tomatoes (11th) and fresh market cabbage (12h); and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania growers use integrated pest management and other good agricultural practices to provide an extra level of safety to consumers and the environment alike; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania vegetables are both delicious and nutritious, providing important vitamins, fiber and other dietary components that are essential to a healthy, balanced diet; and

WHEREAS, health authorities have long encouraged increased consumption of vegetables for both nutritional and disease prevention purposes; and

WHEREAS, many Pennsylvania fruit and vegetable growers market their produce as PA Preferred™, the official brand of agricultural goods grown and made in Pennsylvania. Buying PA Preferred ensures consumers have chosen food locally grown and processed and are investing their dollars back into the local economy by supporting Pennsylvania’s producers; and

WHEREAS, fresh Pennsylvania vegetables are available in abundant supply and peak quality at community farmers markets, roadside farm markets, and supermarkets throughout the Commonwealth during August.

THEREFORE, in recognition of our thriving vegetable industry, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim August 2018 PRODUCE MONTH in Pennsylvania, and encourage all citizens to enjoy the commonwealth’s plentiful supply of fresh and processed vegetables and vegetable products while recognizing the industry’s contributions to our economy and health.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this first day of August two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-third.

TOM WOLF

DEP Helps Improve School Safety with Laboratory Chemicals Training and Cleanout

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Harrisburg, PA – With the new school year approaching, 11 schools in seven counties are protecting students’ safety by improving management of laboratory chemicals in the 2017-2018 Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign led by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). By the time the campaign ends on August 9, 2018, DEP will have removed more than 57,000 pounds of outdated, excess, and high-risk chemicals and 158 pounds of low-level radioactive materials from 180 schools statewide since the annual program began in 2011.

“We’re committed to helping schools protect their students, faculty, and staff by preventing problems with mishandled chemicals,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Lab accidents can and do happen at schools. To help reduce risk, we train teachers and staff on the full spectrum of chemical use in teaching, from thoughtful purchasing to safe handling, storage, and disposal. We may provide further support by funding and coordinating a one-time chemical cleanout event.”

Schools must complete DEP chemical management training to be eligible to apply for the one-time cleanout. DEP provides the training to personnel in the fall, and the school completes a laboratory chemical inventory over the winter. DEP then coordinates a cleanout event at the school in the summer.

Eighty teachers and staff from 61 schools participated in DEP’s fall 2017 training. Earning continuing education credits, teachers learned procurement best practices; what to include in a chemical inventory; how to replace high-risk chemicals with lower-risk ones; correct spill response; and proper storage, use, and disposal.

The following schools were approved for the 2018 chemical cleanout:

  • Bucks County: Council Rock School District;
  • Huntingdon County: Mount Union School District and Southern Huntingdon County School District
  • Lackawanna County: Lakeland Junior/Senior High School;
  • Luzerne County: Crestwood School, Hazleton Area High School, and Northwest Area School District;
  • Mercer County: Mercer Area Middle School;
  • Montgomery County: Bala Cynwyd Middle School and Harriton High School;
  • Potter County: Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School.

Cleanouts are carried out by approved contractors under DEP supervision, and hazardous and nonhazardous wastes are transported to appropriate permitted disposal facilities.

Teachers can return for chemical management continuing education even after their schools have had a cleanout under this popular program.

The DEP Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign is provided to schools at no cost.

Training for the 2018-2019 campaign will begin in October. Teachers interested in participating should consult their Intermediate Unit Continuing Education courses. DEP offers the campaign as part of the Department of Education’s Safe Schools Initiative.

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 Photo: Containers from 55-gallon drums to 5-gallon buckets filled with small canisters of laboratory chemicals (segregated into groups such as oxidizers, acids, and flammables) ready to be transported to disposal facilities.
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Photo: Hazardous chemicals from a previous school cleanout.

LONGHORNED TICK FOUND IN CENTRE COUNTY, PA

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 HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s first longhorned tick has turned up in Centre County’s Potter Township.

The identification was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL).

A single longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was identified on an adult, male wild white-tailed deer that was euthanized on July 10 by Game Commission personnel because it was exhibiting signs consistent with chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Justin Brown, agency wildlife veterinarian. The deer was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and no CWD prions were detected.

Ticks were collected from the deer at the laboratory as part of the Game Commission’s active longhorn tick surveillance program. The suspected longhorn tick was sent to and first identified by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga., and subsequently confirmed at the NVSL.

The longhorned tick, also known as the “cattle tick” or “bush tick”, is an invasive parasite native to Southeast Asia. It currently is not known when, where or how this tick was introduced into North America. However, it was first found and identified on a sheep in New Jersey during 2017. Since then, it has been identified in wild and domestic animals in other states, including Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Arkansas and North Carolina.

The longhorned tick, during its three life stages can be found on birds, wild and domestic mammals and humans. To date, the tick has been identified on goats, raccoons, horses, cattle, sheep, humans, an opossum, deer and dogs.

The longhorned tick can negatively impact the health of humans and animals both directly and indirectly. Longhorned tick infestations can reach very high numbers on an animal host, which can result in disease and, in some cases, death.

The longhorned tick, in its native range, can carry many pathogens that may cause diseases such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theleriosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan encephalitis in animals or humans. To date, none of these pathogens have been identified in longhorned ticks from North America. However, testing has been limited.

“The preventive measures currently used for our native ticks are the best way to protect yourself and animals from the longhorned tick,” Brown said. “They include frequent tick checks, prompt and proper removal of any attached ticks, avoiding or removing the high grasses or brush where ticks concentrate, and tick treatments.”

Concerns regarding ticks on humans or domestic animals should be addressed through consultation with a physician or veterinarian.

The recent identification of the longhorned tick in multiple states throughout the eastern United States suggests that it is likely established. Many questions remain about the ecology of this tick and the impacts it will have on the health of humans and animals.

The Game Commission will continue to conduct active surveillance for the longhorned tick on wildlife in collaboration with multiple state and federal agencies and academic institutions.

Additional information on the longhorned tick can be found on fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Penn State. Longhorned tick questions concerning wildlife should be directed to the Game Commission; humans, Pennsylvania Department of Health; and domestic/agricultural animals, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Releases Guidance on Sex-Based Discrimination under the Pennsylvania Fair Education Opportunities Act

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) today announced guidelines for handling discrimination complaints based on sex under the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (PFEOA).

This guidance indicates the way the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission intends to exercise its administrative discretion in accepting complaints, investigations, and adjudicating cases. PHRC remains committed to ensuring that its adjudicative determinations are made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of all evidence of record in the given matter.

“This information is to provide clarity to all Pennsylvanians regarding their civil right to equality of educational opportunities regardless of their sex,” Executive Director Chad D. Lassiter said.

The entire document, including public comments and responses, is available on the PHRC website.

Find more information on the PHRC here.

Final Comment Response Document Sex Discrimination Guidance APPROVED

Approved Sex Discrimination Guidance PHRA

Approved Sex Discrimination Guidance PFEOA

Act 5 Requirement for School Districts Regarding 403(b) Plans

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​Act 5 of 2017 inserted Section 8411.1 into the Public School Employees’ Retirement Code that requires school districts, beginning July 1, 2019, to have a minimum of four separate “financial institutions or pension management organizations” for each 403(b) plan sponsored. The term “financial institutions or pension management organization” is intended to include providers of an annuity contract or custodial account (collectively referred to as “vendors”).

 

The Retirement Code also requires PSERS to select three “providers of investment options” for the School Employees’ Defined Contribution Plan (“DC Plan”), effective July 1, 2019.   If one or more of the providers selected by PSERS for the DC Plan is also a vendor that has a contract with a school district for the school district’s 403(b) plan, then the school district is required to seek additional vendors to ensure that the school district has four vendors plus the vendor that was selected to be a provider for the DC Plan.  In other words, the school district must maintain four vendors that are not also a provider for the DC Plan.

 

For example,

 

PSERS DC PLAN selects providers A, B and C for the DC Plan.

 

  • Employer 101 contracts with vendors A, B, E, F and G for its 403(b) plan.
    • Employer 101 must select one additional vendor, other than A, B or C, for a total of 4 vendors in addition to providers A and B of the DC Plan.

 

  • Employer 102 contracts with vendors H, I J, L, N and Q for its 403(b) plan.
    • Employer 102 does not need to select any additional vendors.

 

  • Employer 103 contracts with vendor C for its 403(b) plan.
    • Employer 103 must select four additional vendors, other than A, B or C, for a total of 4 vendors in addition to provider C of the DC Plan.

 

PSERS is in the process of selecting its providers for the DC Plan and anticipates that the remaining providers will be selected during the Board’s regularly scheduled meetings beginning in October 2018. Once the contracts with the providers are finalized, the information will be posted on PSERS’ website.  If you have a question regarding the number of vendors you may have or need to contract with, you can contact your third party administrator of your 403(b) plan.

PARKESBURG BOROUGH WITHOUT WATER; MAIN STREET WATER MAIN BURST

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Pennsylvania American Water has confirmed to WLRI that a water main break along 100 block of First Avenue. No estimated restoration time was available at 9:22 AM ET. According to our neighbors, the incident took place around 7:30 AM (+/-) this morning, to be confirmed. There is no known reason for the water main break at this time. Stay with Gap Lancaster Coatesville Quarryville for the latest developments throughout the incident, as we plan to follow-up with out sources until service is restored.
-Water service has been restored to all affected customers from the 1st St main break. We appreciate everyone’s patience while crews made these difficult repairs on 24-inch pipe. Parkesburg Office of Emergency Management
7:16 AM (8/6)
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-Incident Summary:
2000 – American Water ran into challenges in the repair of the water line. ETR is now 2200. Normal pressure was established today for all but 19 customers. Repair for the main line is still in progress.
9:11 PM
– Crews have isolated the water main break along 1st Street that occurred this morning and disrupted local water service. Water pressure will start to return to normal for most customers, but it will take several hours to refill the system. You might also experience discolored water due to the increased flows from the break. If you experience discolored water, run your cold water taps a few minutes until the water runs clear. We expect repairs will take until 9 pm to restore service for about 20 customers near the main break location. To ease the inconvenience, water tanker is located in parking lot behind Borough Hall. Please bring your own containers. Thanks again for your patience. Parkesburg Office of Emergency Management
1:12 PM
-PA American Water has provided a water tanker at the Borough Hall/Police Station. Bring your own containers.
11:40 AM
-Residents on the North side of the Borough should have water just low pressure.
10:13 AM
-PA American Water will have a water tanker available after 10 a.m. at the ACME parking lot. Please bring your own containers to fill.
-Officials in Parkesburg Borough are reporting that municipal water services are out of service. The company responsible to provide water to Parkesburg, American Water, is attempting to locate a break in the water main. Fire officials are being advised.
 
-Due to the water main break affecting the residents of Parkesburg Borough, a source of drinking water has been made available at the Parkesburg Borough Police Department, 315 W First Avenue.

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces August Highlights

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Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for August 2018:

StoryTime: Art by Patrick McDonnell, Friday, August 3, 10:00 AM
The children’s book Art, by Patrick McDonnell, will be read in the Art of the State gallery for StoryTime, our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.
 
Artist Conversations, Sunday, August 5, 2:00 PM
Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artist Jo Margolis will lead a casual tour of Art of the State, sharing their insights on the show. Margolis’ work on paper Things Embedded is part of the exhibit. Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. This program is included with general admission.
 
Pay as You Wish Summer Fridays
This summer, The State Museum is inviting visitors to pay what they wish for general admission on all Fridays through August 24. Fees for the Planetarium and other special programs will still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free timed tickets for entry throughout the day.
 
Learn at Lunchtime
Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of captivating lectures and presentations. This summer Learn at Lunchtime will be presented every Friday at 12:15 PM through August 24. Learn at Lunchtime is included with general admission.
 
Friday, August 3
Historic Pennsylvania Films with the Pennsylvania State Archives
Friday, August 10
Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnels with Senior Curator Dr. Curt Miner
 
Friday, August 17
How the Counties Got Their Shapes with State Museum Education Department
 
Friday, August 24
Archaeology at Fort Hunter with Curator Janet Johnson
 
Nature Lab/Meet the Experts
The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania state agencies through its Summer 2018 Nature Lab/Meet the Experts series. This program will be presented every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM through August 16 and is included with general admission.
 
Wednesday, August 1 and 8
Pennsylvania Wildlife with Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany Dr. Walter Meshaka
 
Thursday, August 2
Librarians and the Lovely Lava with the STEM Librarians from the Pennsylvania State Library
 
Thursday, August 9
Preserving Our Past: Archaeology Lab with The State Museum’s Archaeology Section
 
Wednesday, August 15
Simple Machines with The State Museum’s Education Department
 
Thursday, August 16
History of Digging Fort Hunter with the State Museum’s Archaeology Section
 
Curiosity Kids
Curiosity Kids bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Museum educators will guide you and your children, ages 3 to 6, on fascinating trips through history. Hands-on experiments in science and art will offer enlightening views of the world. Curiosity Kids programs are included with general admission.
 
Wednesday, August 22, 11:30 AM
Color
 
Thursday, August 23, 11:30 AM
Bubbles
 
3rd in the Burg: Great Summer Switch, Friday, August 17, 5:30–8:30 PM
At the second annual Great Summer Switch, Tina Sell, director of education at the Susquehanna Art Museum, will conduct a tour at 6 PM of Art of the State at The State Museum. Afterward, visitors can walk up the street to the Susquehanna Art Museum for a guided tour at 7:30 PM by PHMC commissioner and artist Ophelia Chambliss of Romare Bearden: Vision & Activism. The State Museum building will open at 5:30 PM and close at 7:30 PM. This event is free as part of the 3rd in the Burg.
Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
 
Summer Reciprocal Membership with Susquehanna Art Museum, now through September 9
Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through September 9, 2018.
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering three shows from July 1 through September 2:
Earth, Moon and Sun (Grades 1 through 5), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM
Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. This production tackles many concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, seasonal changes, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon.
 
Compass, Calendar and Clock (Grade 6 and up), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM
Understanding how the planet is aligned with the distant stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar, and a clock. This traditional show asks How can you use the Moon tell time? and How does the Sun help us find directions? See how humankind has used the sky to tell time, track yearly cycles, and find direction.
Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.
ABOUT THE STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).
The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 4.3 Percent in June

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Commonwealth Jobs Set Record High for 15th Consecutive Month

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for June 2018.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from May to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate in 11 years (June 2007). The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was essentially unchanged in June at 6,363,000, as a drop in unemployment over the month was matched by a gain in employment. Over the year, the civilian labor force was down by 61,000 due to declines in both employment and unemployment.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 4,000 from May to a record high of 6,016,900. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·      15th consecutive month jobs established a record high level
·      Jobs were up in six of the 11 industry supersectors
·      Leisure & hospitality experienced the largest supersector gain, up 3,600 in June
 
Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent from June 2017. During this timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 33,600 in education & health services to 2,000 in mining & logging. Nationally, jobs were up 1.6 percent over the year.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  June May June May 2018 June 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,363 6,364 6,424 -1 0.0% -61 -0.9%
Employment 6,088 6,080 6,115 8 0.1% -27 -0.4%
Unemployment 275 283 309 -8 -2.8% -34 -11.0%
Rate 4.3 4.5 4.8 -0.2 —- -0.5 —-
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 162,140 161,539 160,214 601 0.4% 1,926  1.2%
Employment 155,576 155,474 153,250 102 0.1% 2,326  1.5%
Unemployment 6,564 6,065 6,964 499 8.2% -400 -5.7%
Rate 4.0 3.8 4.3 0.2 —- -0.3 —-
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
June May June May 2018 June 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,016.9 6,012.9 5,939.4  4.0  0.1% 77.5  1.3%
 
Goods Producing Industries 850.4 849.3 837.8  1.1  0.1% 12.6  1.5%
  Mining & Logging 28.6 28.7 26.6 -0.1 -0.3%  2.0  7.5%
  Construction 253.2 255.1 249.8 -1.9 -0.7%  3.4  1.4%
  Manufacturing 568.6 565.5 561.4  3.1  0.5%  7.2  1.3%
Service Providing Industries 5,166.5 5,163.6 5,101.6  2.9  0.1% 64.9  1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.1 1,129.6 1,125.3  1.5  0.1%  5.8  0.5%
  Information 80.1 80.4 84.0 -0.3 -0.4% -3.9 -4.6%
  Financial Activities 325.3 324.9 321.2  0.4  0.1%  4.1  1.3%
  Professional & Business Services 812.1 815.8 799.9 -3.7 -0.5% 12.2  1.5%
  Education & Health Services 1,274.5 1,273.4 1,240.9  1.1  0.1% 33.6  2.7%
  Leisure & Hospitality 576.8 573.2 565.7  3.6  0.6% 11.1  2.0%
  Other Services 265.1 264.1 261.2  1.0  0.4%  3.9  1.5%
  Government 701.5 702.2 703.4 -0.7 -0.1% -1.9 -0.3%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.workstats.dli.pa.gov
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.