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Pa. payrolls recover jobs lost in recession

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2015 11:18 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Payrolls in Pennsylvania have hit a record high, recovering all of the jobs lost in the recession.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that payrolls grew by about 13,000 in February, a record high at nearly 5.83 million. The state has added close to 50,000 jobs in the last seven months.

Pennsylvania lost more than 250,000 jobs in the recession and dipped below 5.6 million jobs in 2010 after hitting a pre-recession peak in 2008.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate slipped for the second straight month. The seasonally adjusted rate in February was 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in January, as employment grew by 2,000 and unemployment both grew by 6,000.

The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent in February.

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