Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stayed at 7.5 percent in June, the same rate the state experienced in May.
Despite the steady unemployment rate, it was a fairly good month for the Keystone state. The number of people working in June rose by 19,000, without seasonal adjustment. What that means is that, even when the numbers are worked to take out seasonal highs and lows, more people found jobs in June than normally do.
Pennsylvania had the second highest monthly increase in employment in the country in June, second only to California where employment grew by 30,200.
Many of the Pennsylvania workers came off the sidelines, which is consistent with graduations and summer jobs.
The seasonally-adjusted figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 1,500 fewer people in the state who were counted as unemployed compared to a month earlier, while 10,100 more people were working.
Unemployment in the state is nearly the same as the national rate, which was 7.6 percent for June.
Nevada still had the highest unemployment rate in the country with 9.6 percent, second is Illinois with 9.2 percent unemployment.
North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in the country with just 3.6 percent. South Dakota's rate was 3.9 percent, and in Nebraska the unemployment rate was 4 percent.
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