Pennsylvania gained jobs, but unemployment rate remains same

Gov. Tom Corbett. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.
Gov. Tom Corbett. Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

While Pennsylvania added 19,100 jobs in June, the state’s unemployment rate remains at 7.5 percent, according to employment statistics released Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

State officials said its the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

“Pennsylvania has now added more than 130,000 private-sector jobs since Governor Corbett took office,” said Julia Hearthway, secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry, in a news release. “Combined with an unemployment rate below that of the U.S., Pennsylvania remains on a path of continued growth.”

From June 2012 to June 2013, the number of people unemployed was 490,000, matching the third lowest level in the past four years.


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