Pa. Jobless Rate Falls For 3rd Straight Month
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for a third straight month in October to 8.8 percent, as employers added nearly 16,000 jobs to their payrolls, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday.
The decline of two-tenths of a percentage point left last month’s rate below the national rate of 9.6 percent. During the recent economic plunge, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate peaked at 9.3 percent in July, the highest mark since 1984.
The seasonally adjusted number of nonfarm jobs rose 15,900 to remain above 5.6 million in October, which is still below the December 1999 number.
The number of people working or looking for work remained virtually unchanged for the second straight month at under 6.4 million.
Since October 2009, employment numbers showed a net increase of 3,000 manufacturing jobs, or 0.5 percent, which Gov. Ed Rendell said was the first over-theyear growth in that sector in a decade.
“This is great news for Pennsylvania’s economy and for people looking for work,’’ Rendell said.
Over that same period, the number of mining and logging jobs increased by nearly 4,000, while construction jobs declined by more than 5,000 – limiting the net growth among goods-producing industries to fewer than 2,000.
Service-providing industries saw an increase of 47,000 jobs over the year, including nearly 17,000 in the leisure and hospitality businesses, a 3.4 percent increase.