OK... the news headline is: Pa. adds 34,000 jobs; jobless rate flat at 9%
The actual state PR can be a bit booster-ish for me, but nontheless worth noting: PA Jobs Rise by 34,000; Largest One Month Job Gain Since 1996
Skipping a lot of caveats... seasonality, sampling error, the uber cold winter and anomalous recession impacts to start with, but looking as apples to apples as I can...... I think of that statewide +34K jobs, more than half ( +17.8K is what I am seeing ) is here in the Pittsburgh region. Let's just put it this way, the Pittsburgh MSA is not half of the state by any measure.
(see comments) Also, the data suggests that for the region the year over year job loss was shrunk to the smallest since the last months of 2008. So draw your own conclusions. (that is still generally the case though... NSA data that it is, but is fair enough for year over year comparisons)
More later... gotta run.
'll add this just becasue I am fascinated by the near-symmetry of the rebound. World is usually a lot chunkier than that. This is the time series for year over year employment change in the Pittsburgh MSA per the non-seasonally adjusted count of nonfarm wage and salary emloyment to be precise. But check it out:
I'll look more into this later, but just as the state press release touts how far back you have to go to find such a big month over month job increase. Month over month is awfully variable, let alone seasonal, but I don't see a month over month jobs increase bigger than what the region is showing going back more like 30 years at least. But don't take that to the bank. Need to confirm that with data still to come. So we will see.