Pennsylvania sees another large monthly drop in the unemployed rate

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate began to look like the rest of the nation in September, with labor force and payrolls declining another steeply, according to state data released Friday.However, the state is yet to recover the many jobs lost to the economic impact of coronoviruses.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in August was 8.1%, 2.3 percent lower than the August adjusted rate.This is the state’s epidemic-induced unemployment of over 16.1% in April, the highest rate in more than four decades of record-keeping.

The national rate was 7.9% in September. Pennsylvania was tougher than most states in the spring, and its unemployment rate was one of the highest in the nation.

Payrolls grew more slowly in September than in recent months, but returned 19,400 of the more than 1.1 million jobs lost since mid-March.

With a salary of about 5.6 million, Pennsylvania has recovered more than half of the jobs lost in the last seven months, according to state figures.

In a survey of households, the labor force was close to 6.4 million with an estimated 52,000 increase in September, which is still at a record high near 6.6 million in February. Unemployment declined by 141,000 while employment increased by 194,000.

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