Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped slightly in March

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from February's 8.1 percent to 7.9 percent in March.

Pennsylvania was one of 11 states that had statistically significant declines in their unemployment rates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent remained above the national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

The declining unemployment rate was more from people dropping out of the labor force than from unemployed residents finding jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that while the number of unemployed people fell in the state by 45,600 people, the number of people working only rose by 14,600, which means that 31,000 people dropped out of the state's labor force.

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Ann Belser: abelser@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1699.


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