Pennsylvania unemployment shows first bump in two years

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate bumped up to 5.7 percent in July, marking its first increase in two years. The rate still remained below the national 6.2 percent rate and is a 25 percent decrease from the number of Pennsylvanians out of work in July of last year.

July 2014 data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry today shows the state lost 700 jobs since June. Declines in leisure and hospitality jobs were offset by gains in construction and the government sector, which is in its sixth consecutive month of job growth.

As compared with last year, jobs in manufacturing and information technology took the largest hit, while transportation and utilities, and health and education gained the most jobs.

About 32,000 people left the Pennsylvania workforce since June – they either retired, stopped looking for work, or may have gone back to school. The state labor agency attributed the decline to 35,000 workers leaving the state.

Unemployment, meanwhile, increased by 4,000 between June and July, but is still down by 125,000 workers year over year.

Anya Litvak: or 412-263-1455.

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