Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Rises In September 2011

The Pennsylvania State unemployment rate for September 2011 rose a little to 8.3 percent, the state Department of Labor & Industry reported on Thursday 20th October.

This figure is up from 8.2 percent in August 2011 but down 0.2 percentage points from September 2010’s unemployment rate for PA. Comparably it’s still almost one full percentage point below the national unemployment rate of the United States. This time around, unlike in August, Batman — or at least the Pittsburgh production of “The Dark Knight Rises” — couldn’t add jobs in terms of movie extras and others employed in the production.

There were 26,000 more jobs added to the Pennsylvania workforce in September but 7,000 more people added to the labor force, the Labor Department declared.

Behind the drop was a fall of 8,300 jobs in local government as that sector continues to struggle in the wake of budget cuts. There were 1,500 fewer manufacturing jobs in August, the first time manufacturing employment declined this year. There were 5,400 fewer jobs in leisure and hospitality as summer employment ended.

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