The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area declined one-tenth of one percentage point from 6.8 percent in September to 6.7 percent in October, back to where it was in July when unemployment hit its lowest level since the end of the Great Recession.
The unemployment rate fell even as fewer people reported that they are working. The decline in the unemployment rate was because more people dropped out of the workforce. With 1.25 million people in the local labor force, there are now fewer people either working or looking for work in the region than there have been since June, 2012.
The Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area is defined as the seven-county region that surrounds the city of Pittsburgh: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
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