Pennsylvania's economy improved in October, as payrolls grew

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 20, 2015 12:24 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate showed signs of improvement last month as employers added jobs. 

The state Department of Labor and Industry says the jobless rate slid two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in October, although it still remains above the commownealth's post-recession low of five percent reached last December.  

The national rate is five percent. 

The state's civilian labor force grew by 5,000, to remain slightly above 6.4 million.

Employment jumped by 14,000, closer to 6.1 million, while unemployment dropped by 9,000 to 330,000. 

A survey of employers found that seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls grew by 13,700 to almost 5.86 million, bouncing back after a dip following July's record high. 

The biggest gainers were the leisure and hospitality and education and health services sectors. Construction payrolls fell the farthest.

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