Pa. unemployment drops in April as job gains continue

After 10 months without a change, the state’s unemployment rate fell slightly in April as job growth continued to pick up.

The state Department of Labor and Industry today said Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in April, down from 4.8 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the total number of nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania rose to a record-high of more than 6 million, the 13th straight month of job growth.

The largest segment for job growth in April, according to L&I, was professional and business services, which added 5,100 jobs from March.

Six of the 11 industry sectors tracked by L&I posted growth for the month. Education and health care jobs were second with 2,400 jobs added in April. Construction, meanwhile, shed the most jobs, losing 700 for the month.

Jason Scott
Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com.

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