Pa. unemployment drops slightly in November
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped by 16,000 people, or about 0.3 percentage points to 7.8 percent in November, the Department of Labor and Industry said today.
The rate was the lowest for Pennsylvania since June, and private sector jobs grew by 7,200 last month, according to the department. Public sector jobs decreased by 5,300.
The largest gains year-over-year by percent growth have been:
• Mining and logging - 3,600 jobs or 10 percent.
• Leisure and hospitality - 19,400 jobs or 3.8 percent.
• Information - 2,100 jobs or 2.4 percent.
• Professional and business services - 15,100 jobs or 2.1 percent.
• Trade, transportation and utilities – 16,200 jobs or 1.5 percent.
• Manufacturing – 8,300 jobs or 1.5 percent.
The construction industry lost 10,700 jobs since last November, a 4.8 percent drop, according to the state.