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Pennsylvania jobless rate rises, as pool of job-seekers grew

December 21, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose slightly in November after steadily dropping to a nearly two-decade low, as the pool of job-seekers grew and payrolls shrank.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.2 percent last month. It was the first month-to-month increase since mid-2016.

The national rate is 3.7 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force grew by 21,000, as employment rose by 17,000 to a record of nearly 6.2 million. Unemployment also rose by 3,000 to 269,000.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls shrank by 5,400 in November. Construction grew, while manufacturing and education and health services shrank.

Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.

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