Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in February to 6.2 percent in a report that was strong on good news.
The state’s Department of Labor and Industry reported 28,000 more people were working in February than in January. In addition, 15,000 fewer people were unemployed, which means that some workers who in January were among those who had given up looking had found jobs in February.
The good news that came out of the household survey that determines the unemployment rate was reinforced by results from a survey of employers that found 8,700 more jobs in the state in February and 24,600 more jobs as compared to February 2013.
All of those numbers are seasonally adjusted.
Plenty of workers still need jobs. Across the state, 500,000 people are unemployed. Another 67,000 workers have dropped out of the labor force since November 2012.
The biggest gains in terms of job numbers came in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 3,500 jobs; leisure and hospitality, which added 3,400 jobs; and professional and business services, which added 3,300 jobs.
Job gains in six supersectors were offset by losses in other areas.
Education and health services cut 2,400 jobs, while manufacturing lost 1,300 jobs and was down 7,000 jobs from February 2013.
Government employment grew by 1,200 in February, but was still down by 11,900 jobs from last year.
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