2009-10-22 / Local & State

Pa. Payrolls Shrink More In Sept., Jobless Rate Up

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania employers trimmed payrolls again in September as the state’s unemployment rate rose to its highest mark in a quarter-century.

The state Department of Labor and Industry estimated Thursday that Pennsylvania employers cut just over 10,000 jobs in September.

Pennsylvania’s nonfarm payroll has shrunk to 5.6 million jobs, the lowest number in more than six years. Since the national recession began in December 2007, Pennsylvania has lost more than 200,000 jobs, or about one in 28.

The jobless rate also rose onetenth of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in September, the highest since 1984.

The department initially reported an August rate of 8.6 percent, but on Thursday revised that upward to 8.7 percent.

Pennsylvania’s rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 9.8 percent in September.

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