The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania fell slightly between September and August but remains above the national average, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry.
The state agency reported an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in September, above the national average of 4.2 percent. Both rates have been falling this year.
The overall labor force in Pennsylvania also declined by 15,000 people, though the number of jobs went up: Pennsylvania’s nonfarm jobs count rose 10,300 to a record high of 5,970,400 in September, according to L&I.
The biggest job gains came in trade, transportation and utilities, while jobs in professional and business services shrank.