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State unemployment ticks up in August

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent in August, up from 5.6 percent in July, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

Overall, the total labor force dipped by 7,000 people, resident employment fell by 10,000 and the number of unemployed people increased by 3,000.

The number of nonfarm jobs was just shy of 5.9 million, according to L&I, after surpassing 5.9 million in July, which set a record.


Nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania fell by 900 between July and August.

Six of the 11 top job sectors added jobs in August. Government jobs grew the most at 4,000, while trade, transportation and utilities lost 3,700.

Education and health services added 2,100 jobs in August.

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