Pennsylvania jobless rate unchanged as payrolls hit record high

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2017 10:32 AM

FILE PHOTO:Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained unchanged for a second straight month in July, even as payrolls hit a record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry says it was five percent last month, the same as in May and June.

The national rate was 4.3 percent in July.

The gap between Pennsylvania's rate and the national rate is among the widest since 1985.

The household survey found the commonwealth's civilian labor force, employment and unemployment all shrank last month.

Today's figures are preliminary and could change.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rising by 29,000 in July, to above 5.95 million and a record high for the second time this year.

Manufacturing scored the biggest one-month increase of any sector, adding 8,300 jobs.

Across the country, hiring increased in 11 U.S. states last month -- including Pennsylvania -- while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states.  

The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment rates were relatively stable in most states.

They fell in 15 states and rose in 23, but many of the changes were statistically insignificant.  

Several states saw strong job growth between June and July, along with Pennsylvania. California added 82,600 jobs. Florida gained 32,700.  

North Dakota's unemployment rate fell to 2.2 percent, a record low. Tennessee's rate of 3.4 percent is also a record low for that state.

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