Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls as more drop from work force

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in November from October's 7.5 percent, the Department of Labor and Industry reported this morning.

The rate, which is seasonally-adjusted, fell mostly because people who were unemployed quit looking for work rather than because they found new jobs.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remains above the U.S. level, which was 7 percent in November. The gap between Pennsylvania and the rest of the country grew from two-tenths of a percentage point to three-tenths.

The state also reported that the labor force, which had been growing earlier in the year, fell by 14,000 workers, an indication that many stopped looking for work.

Meanwhile, the number of people who were unemployed fell by 15,000 workers. The number of people who said they were working rose by just 1,000.

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