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Jobless rate rises in Pennsylvania for second straight month

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 16, 2017 11:02 AM
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In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, Reina Borges, left, stands in line to apply for a job with Aldi at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Harrisburg) -- The number of people unemployed in Pennsylvania is up slightly over the past month, increasing by 8,000.

The state Labor and Industry Department issued seasonally adjusted data Friday showing the Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose one tenth of a percentage point to 5 percent in May, up from 4.9 percent in April.

It's the second month in a row the figure has increased. The national rate is 4.3 percent, down by one tenth of a point from the prior month.

The largest drop in jobs occurred in the construction field, which shed 4,300 positions. The biggest gainer was in leisure and hospitality, up 3,100 jobs.

Manufacturing jobs are at their lowest number since at least 1990.

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