Unemployment slides slightly in Pittsburgh region

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The unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region fell in October to 7.3 percent, one-tenth of a percentage point from September's rate of 7.4 percent, making it the first decline in the unemployment rate since March.

Sometimes, when the economy is rough, there will be a paradoxical drop in unemployment because people quit looking for work and drop out of the labor market.

But in October, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the number of people who said they were working rose by 5,000 even as the number of people who said they were unemployed declined by 800.

The last time the unemployment rate in the seven counties around Pittsburgh fell was March, when the rate declined to 6.7 percent from 6.8 percent in February.

The counties in the Pittsburgh region are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland.

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


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