Report: Pa. job growth boosted by education and health services

Pennsylvania has gone seven straight months with increases in resident employment and decreases in the number of unemployed people, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday.

The trends translated into a state unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February and 5.4 percent a year ago, the department said.

Resident employment grew by 17,000 in March to more than 6.1 million, while the unemployment count fell by 9,000 to 311,000.

Over the last 12 months, the commonwealth has gained 60,600 nonfarm jobs, or about 1 percent growth, according to labor department.

Most of that growth has come from the education and health services sector, which has added 40,800 jobs over the year. Professional and business services added 10,700 jobs since March 2016, while construction is up by 6,700 jobs.

Over the same span, the labor department said, manufacturing jobs dwindled by 6,800 in Pennsylvania.

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