Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Remains at 8.8% in October 2009

October 2009 Unemployment Rates have been released for Pennsylvania, this is what The Pittsburgh Business Times made of the figures:

PA. Unemployment Rate Remains at 8.8% in October 2009

Pennsylvania added 10,100 jobs last month, the largest single-month increase since July 2007, but the state’s unemployment rate didn’t budge from 8.8 percent.

The educational and health services sector led the state in job gains last month with 11,600, according to the seasonally adjusted figures released by the state Department of Labor & Industry on Thursday. Jobs were also added in the state’s leisure and hospitality (2,400), government (1,700), financial activities (800), other services (400), and professional and business services (300) sectors.

The largest over-the-month job losses were in the state’s manufacturing (3,800) and construction (1,400) sectors. Trade, transportation and utilities lost 900 jobs, and information, 700 jobs.

Last month’s job gain pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm job count up to 5,613,800. The state’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — declined by 27,000 to 6,340,000 last month. Resident employment fell 29,000 last month, while resident employment increased by 2,000 over the month.

The national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.

Unemployment in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area rose in September, inching above 8 percent for the first time since September 1986.

Sources: The Pittsburgh Business Times (


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