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Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Still Rising

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose slightly from August to September according to the state Department of labor and Industry.
September’s rate was 8.9 percent up from 8.2 percent in August. The state rate for last month was below the national figure of 9.1 percent and has been below the national rate for 41 consecutive months.
Last month’s rate was .2 percent lower than September 2010.
Seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs were down 15,800 in September with manufacturing declining for the first time this year.
The largest decline was a drop of 8,300 government jobs.
The state agency reporter education and health services showed the biggest increase, up 5,100 due mostly to health care and social assistance.