Unemployment rate declined in February in seven-county Pittsburgh region

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The unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region declined by one-tenth of one percentage point from 7.5 percent in January to 7.4 percent in February, Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry reported this morning.

Those numbers are seasonally adjusted to take out the typical peaks and valleys related to seasonal hiring. The seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area is made up of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.

The department also reported the number of jobs in the seven-county region expanded by 1,300 from January to February. That number is not seasonally adjusted.

Construction added 1,100 new jobs but manufacturing lost 200 jobs and was down 500 jobs from February 2012.

The unemployment rate for February is sixth-tenths of one percentage point above February 2012 when the rate was 6.8 percent.

There are 9,700 more people in the region who were unemployed when compared to February 2012 even as the number of people who were working increased by 21,400. That is because the labor force increased over the year by 21,400 people.

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


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