Pennsylvania's January jobless rate stable, payrolls shrink

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 9, 2018 12:57 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained stable in January, even as employment and payrolls crept down slightly.

The state Department of Labor and Industry says the commonwealth's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in January. It's the eighth straight month after a regular annual revision to the state's preliminary months' employment reports.

Gainers included manufacturing and the leisure and hospitality sectors, while sectors with the biggest losses included construction and education and health services.

The national rate is 4.1 percent.

Today's figures are preliminary and could change.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania's civilian labor force shrank by 4,000, falling further below its 2012 record high, reflecting a drop in employment.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls shrank by about 6,000 in January.

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