Unemployment rate in Pennsylvania falls to 6.2 percent

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The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania dropped from 6.4 percent in January to 6.2 percent in February, according to the state's Department of Labor and Industry.

The rate is now a half of a percentage point below the 6.7 percent unemployment rate of the rest of the country.

The state also gained 8,700 jobs in February.

While in past months the labor force has fallen, in February the labor force in the state grew by 15,000 even as the number of people who were out of work declined by 15,000. That's because not only did people who were looking for work find jobs, but people who had been waiting on the sidelines found jobs.

There is still a long way to go, however, in bringing the labor force back to the level it was in February 2013. Since then the state has lost 59,000 workers, even as the national labor force has grown.

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

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