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PA Department of Labor & Industry Reports the July 2011 Employment Situation

In August, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reported that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July, up from 7.6 percent in June. PA’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent in July and has been below the U.S. rate for 39 consecutive months, as well as at or below the U.S. rate for 57 consecutive months.

In a press release by the PA Dept. of L&I, they reported that July’s unemployment rate was down 0.8 percentage points from July 2010.

What caught our attention was the report that Mining & Logging jobs were up 300 to a record high of 31,600.

The report also noted that PA’s nonfarm job count was up 70,500 (1.3 percent) from July 2010 compared to nationally nonfarm jobs that were up 1.3 million (1.0 percent) from last July.