After six months of declining unemployment in the Pittsburgh region, the unemployment rate for the seven-county metropolitan area rose from 6.7 percent in July to 6.8 percent in August.
While the rest of the country experienced a slight decline in the unemployment rate, from 7.4 percent in July to 7.3 percent in August, Pennsylvania as a whole saw its unemployment rate rise from 7.5 percent to 7.7 percent.
The seven counties that make up the Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
The seven counties also suffered a net loss of 4,700 jobs during the month, 3,700 of them in private industry and a net of 1,000 jobs lost in government, including 500 municipal jobs and 500 jobs cut in the public schools.
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