PA Jobless Rate Edges Slightly Higher

HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s jobless rate for July was 5.7%, up one tenth of a percent from June. The U.S. rate is currently 6.2%. The state Labor Department says the civilian labor force fell by 32,000, and unemployment rose by 4,000, the first increase in nearly two years. The agency says private industry lost 3,400 jobs but hiring in the public sector rose for the sixth straight month. The biggest job gains are in construction. One year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 7.5%.

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