Unemployment rose in Pennsylvania in August to 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent in July as the number of people who were working dropped by 26,000 from July to August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those numbers are seasonally adjusted to take out seasonal spikes and dips.
The number of people who were out of work, but still looking for work, rose by 8,800 to more than half of a million people being recognized as officially unemployed in the state, a number that does not include people who have given up looking for work.
The size of the state's labor force, made up of people who are working and those who are looking for a job, fell by 17,200 in August according to the numbers released this morning by the bureau.Editor's note:
This story was changed to correct the number of people who left the labor force in August.
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