Pennsylvania shows biggest 1-month jobs gain since 1990s

Written by The Associated Press | May 22, 2015 12:09 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate broke a string of three monthly increases in April as employers recorded the biggest one-month jobs gain in nearly two decades.

The state Department of Labor and Industry says an April survey of employers showed that payrolls grew by 27,000 jobs, the biggest one-month jump since February 1996.

The biggest increase was in construction, adding 10,000 jobs. The payrolls figure is preliminary and could be revised next month.

Meanwhile, April's unemployment rate remained unchanged from March at 5.3 percent. Pennsylvania hit a post-recession low of 5 percent in December. The national rate for April was 5.4 percent.

A separate survey of households showed the state's labor force, the number of people working or looking for work, expanded by 19,000, moving closer to 6.4 million people.

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