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Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region

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Economy / Job Growth

The Pittsburgh region lost 5,300 jobs in December, but still managed to add 12,600 between December 2013 and December 2014, a 1.1 percent increase. That percentage increase was the third-smallest among the 15 benchmark regions and was below the benchmark average of 1.8 percent.

According to the preliminary numbers, in the 12-month period, information jobs declined by 3.2 percent; transportation and utilities jobs declined by 1.8 percent, the largest decline among all benchmark regions; and professional and business services jobs declined by 1 percent, also the largest decline among benchmark regions.

Sectors which gained jobs in the 12-month period include leisure and hospitality (up 8.2 percent and the largest increase among all benchmark regions), retail trade (up 3.1 percent and the second-largest increase among benchmark regions) and natural resources, mining and construction (up 2.1 percent). To view particular sectors, please click on the sectors on the table at the right of this page.

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Data source(s):

Bureau of Labor Statistics

MSA These figures are for U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).

Job totals are in thousands.

Current month data are preliminary. All data are not seasonally adjusted figures.