Pennsylvania's jobless rate remains at 7.5 percent

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Government cuts continued to hurt Pennsylvania's employment picture in July, turning what would have been a month of job growth to a month in which the number of jobs in the state fell, the State Department of Labor and Industry reported today.

Unemployment in the commonwealth remained at 7.5 percent, falling behind gains in the rest of the nation as the national average dipped to 7.4 percent, just below Pennsylvania's rate.

Private employment grew by a modest 4,000 jobs, but that gain was wiped out by the loss of 5,700 jobs in the government sector.

The employment sector that logged the biggest month-over-month gains in the state was leisure and hospitality, which often adds jobs in the summer but in July that sector also showed a year-over-year gain of 16,200 jobs.

Government and the category of "other services" -- which includes hair dressers and dog groomers, repair and maintenance jobs and laundry services -- both lost employment, with other services down by 4,900 jobs.

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