Pennsylvania released its March employment numbers today, which showed a 20,000 drop in the number of people on unemployment from February, while employment remained nearly unchanged statistically.
In March, there were 512,000 people on unemployment in the state, or about 3.8 percent fewer than in February, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent from 8.1 percent.
However, in the same period, the state lost about 14,000 jobs. The employment shrink over the last month is 0.2 percent, which is means employment is mostly level.
Since March 2012, employment has grown just half a percent, or by 27,000 jobs, while unemployment roles have expanded by 19,000 people, or 3.9 percent, according to the state. The unemployment rate is still higher than the 7.6 percent of last year.
Employment in goods-producing industries of mining and logging, construction, and manufacturing collectively lost 3,600 jobs since February, or 0.4 percent. The industries lost the same amount since a year ago. Manufacturing was flat in jobs from last March.
Service-providing industries also were collectively flat, but leisure and hospitality added 6,100 jobs since February. Professional and business services have added 3,900 jobs, and education and health services added 7,200 jobs in the past year.