the republic logo

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate declines to 6-year low of 5.4 percent


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania's jobless rate dropped to a six-year low in October.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 5.4 percent. That's down three-tenths of a percentage point from September.

It was also below the national rate of 5.8 percent.

Officials say total nonfarm jobs went up by 12,600 to more than 5.8 million. That's the highest level since August 2008.

The largest movement in October was an increase of 5,500 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.

One year ago, the state's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.