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PA unemployment hits lowest rate since 2007

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 20, 2018 3:00 PM

Although Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is still higher than the national one, it is now the lowest it has been in over a decade. (Photo by AP)


(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's latest unemployment numbers have dipped to an 11-year low.

The Department of Labor and Industry's newly released June numbers mark the second month in a row the commonwealth has set a new post-recession jobs record.

The 4.3 percent rate is down two-tenths of a percent from May. All told, it has declined about half a percent this year.

It remains slightly higher than the four percent national figure, though.

That slowly-sinking number is accompanied by boost in jobs. They're up by about 4,000 from May, which makes the 15th month in a row Pennsylvania has had a record high.

Manufacturing, leisure, and hospitality saw the most robust gains, while construction and professional, and business services shrank.

The number of Pennsylvanians working or looking for work--known as the civilian labor force--hasn't changed significantly from last month.

Over the last year, though, the force has shrunk by about 60 thousand people because both employment and unemployment have gone down.

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