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State unemployment up slightly in May

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The state's unemployment rate inched up to 5 percent in May, driven in part by job losses in construction and manufacturing, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday.

The labor department said those two goods-producing sectors shed more than 7,000 jobs from April, while the service sector added 3,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in April and 5.5 percent in May 2016.

By comparison, the jobless rate in the U.S. was 4.3 percent in May.

Manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania declined to their lowest level since current records began in 1990 with 547,800 people now working in the sector, L&I said.

Meanwhile, tourism and hospitality companies added 3,100 new jobs in May. Education and health care companies grew by 2,500 people. The latter has added 32,700 jobs, the most of any sector.

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