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Service jobs carrying nonfarm growth in Pa.

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Due to declines in employment and unemployment, Pennsylvania has seen its labor force shrink by 73,000 since November 2012.

But that’s not the whole story.

The commonwealth’s unemployment rate in November dropped to 7.3 percent from 7.5 percent in October and 8.1 percent a year ago, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

And total nonfarm jobs were up 9,700 for the month and 33,300 for the year.

The largest gain in November was an increase of 8,200 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, according to L&I. Professional and business services jobs jumped 1,600 for the month to 748,600, a new record.

Over the year, professional and business services has grown by 15,400 jobs, according to L&I, the biggest gain among the service-providing industries. Education and health services was second at 11,800, followed by leisure and hospitality at 10,400.

Government was the biggest loser with a decrease of 8,000 jobs over the year.

Meanwhile, goods-producing industries were down 100 jobs in November compared with the same month a year ago. Construction picked up 1,600, while manufacturing lost 1,200 and mining and logging lost 500 over the year, according to L&I.

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