2009-06-25 / Local & State

Pa. Jobless Rate Up, Another 18K Jobs Lost In May

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose in May to its highest point in more than 20 years, although it remains well below the national level.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday that Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose to 8.2 percent as employers slashed another 17,700 nonfarm jobs in May.

The state's jobless rate had been 7.8 percent in April. May's national jobless rate was 9.4 percent.

Pennsylvania's jobless rate last stood at 8.2 percent in April 1985.

With May's job losses, Pennsylvania now has fewer jobs than it did in May 2004. The department also revised April's job losses downward by another 6,500 jobs for a total of 23,800 that month.

Since the recession began in December 2007, Pennsylvania has lost more than 180,000 jobs, or one in every 32.

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