State unemployment holds at 4.1 percent

More people are working in Pennsylvania, but more people also are looking for work, leaving the state’s unemployment rate unchanged.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that a record number of Pennsylvania residents — nearly 6.2 million people — were employed in October. That is up by 21,000 from September.

However, the number of people looking for work also rose, by 23,000 people, and the number of unemployed residents rose by 3,000 from September. As a result, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania remained at 4.1 percent in October.

It is the lowest level for the state’s jobless rate since July 2000, according to L&I.

The department said jobs increased in eight of 11 industry supersectors that it tracks, with education and health services posting the biggest monthly gain: 5,900 more jobs compared to September.

Manufacturing led the way for goods-producing industries, with a monthly gain of 3,000 jobs over September.

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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