Pennsylvania jobless rate drops again; growth slow

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2014 9:32 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell again for the ninth straight month, even as payroll and labor force growth remained relatively stagnant in April.

The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in April. That's Pennsylvania's lowest rate since September 2008 and is lower than the national rate of 6.3 percent last month.

Pennsylvania's labor force, the number of people working or searching for work, rose last month by just 2,000 to remain more than 50,000 below the 2012 peak.

Total nonfarm jobs grew by almost 11,000 in April, recovering about the same amount of jobs shed the prior month.

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