So the monthly news cycle over the latest dump of labor force data for the Pittsburgh region
is pretty muted per the PG
. Not much to say since the numbers are nominally unchanged and any changes you parse out of it are likely well within sample error or other variations that should not be overinterpreted. Yet again, the state is saying the region's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8% in April. Just fyi the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics' calculation is coming in at 6.7% for April
But here is the bigger deal again. The national news is all about how the labor force participation rate is falling
as it has been since the 'Great Recession'.
Yet here is the region's labor force in April of each year since 1990.