Pennsylvania unemployment falls for two months in a row due to fewer people in the work force

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for two straight months, from 7.7 percent in August, to 7.6 percent in September and 7.5 percent in October according to figures released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report covered two months because the government shutdown in October delayed the reporting on September’s figures.

The falling unemployment rate mostly reflects the declining number of people who are in the labor force. According to the numbers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who were in the labor force, which means they were either working or looking for a job, fell by 41,000.

The federal government figures also showed that from August to September the state suffered a net loss of 7,400 jobs. Payrolls remained at that level in October.

Ann Belser: or 412-263-1699.

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