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Report: Pa. hits four-year high for jobs count

By - Last modified: November 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Spurred by growth in education and health services jobs, the state added 7,500 jobs in October, bringing its total to more than 5.75 million — the highest level in four years.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said today that Pennsylvania’s seasonal unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent in September.

Education and health services gained 4,000 jobs, followed closely by a 3,700 increase in trade, transportation and utilities, the department said.

Service industry work grew by 7,100 jobs in all, while goods-producing industries such as mining and logging, construction and manufacturing added just 400 jobs.

The biggest loser over the month was leisure and hospitality, which shed 1,000 jobs. Government jobs declined by 800.

Meanwhile, the state’s labor force grew by 31,000 in October to a record high level of nearly 6.54 million. It was the second largest single-month increase on record, the state said, citing renewed confidence in the economy.