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Pennsylvania reports another drop in unemployment in July as the economy recovers from COVID-19

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) – The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is down, according to the Dept. of Labor & Industry decreased again for July.

The Pennsylvania unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point for the month to 6.6 percent in July. The US rate fell by half a percentage point to 5.4 percent. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percentage points below its July 2020 level and the national unemployment rate declined 4.8 percentage points over the year.

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Pennsylvania’s civilian workforce – the estimated number of people working or looking for work – fell by 16,000 during the month as unemployment fell for the fifth straight month.

The remainder of the report goes on to say that jobs rose in 8 of the industry’s 11 supersectors with the largest volume growth in the leisure and hospitality industry (+16,200). The largest decrease was in education and health services (-2,400). During the year the total number of non-farm jobs increased by 222,200, with increases in 10 of the 11 supersectors. The leisure and hospitality industry, which also includes gastronomy, recorded the greatest growth in the 12 months and rebuilt 85,500 jobs.

All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job level as of July 2021. Further information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov.

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