2013-10-24 / Local & State

Shutdown Casts Doubt On Release Of Pa.’s Jobs Data

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The federal government’s 16-day shutdown is leaving it unclear whether official employment figures for September will be published.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry had been scheduled to release preliminary jobs, labor force, and unemployment statistics on Friday.

The agency says it doesn’t know when or whether the data for September will be produced or published.

It says an updated schedule of future data releases will be provided on its website, www.paworkstats.pa.gov, when available.

In August, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the first time since January, to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent.

The number of people who said they were employed dropped, while the number of people who said they were unemployed but seeking work rose. The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August.

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