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Published: Mon, October 24, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pennsylvania unemployment rate stays flat at 5.7 percent in September

Pennsylvania unemployment rate stays flat at 5.7 percent in September

In July, when the department attributed an increase in unemployment due in part to seasonal layoffs at the end of the school year, 3,380 employed people reported losing their jobs. In Imperial County - down by the Mexico border - it was 22.7 percent.

The number of Arkansans in the labor force grew by 23,763 since September a year ago, and the number of employed rose by 35,148.

Save the gains in the public sector, unemployment was mostly flat across other industries, according to the labor report. Munroe County had the lowest unemployment, at 3.2 percent.

From September 2015 to September 2016, employment in Virginia increased by 81,100 jobs, a 2.1 percent job-growth rate that surpassed the national rate of 1.7 percent.

Nationally, hiring in the U.S. slowed for a fourth straight month in September as employers added an estimated 156,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to data released earlier this month. The two are calculated using different monthly surveys.

She said hiring for aides and kitchen help jobs usually follow teaching positions.

It was the 61st consecutive month the Private Education and Health sector had job gains in Solano County, with gains of 900 jobs - 500 in the health sector - since last September. Jobs in health care - such as physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists and occupational and physical therapists - continued to account for more than 23 percent of those.

Government added the most jobs at 8,500, up 5.9% month-over-month.

Losses of 100 jobs were felt in each of the Leisure and Hospitality, Manufacturing, Financial Activities and Total Farm sectors from August to September, the Employment Development Department report states. Numerous gains came from government and the end of the summer recess.

The state's mining and logging sector, which includes oil and gas jobs, plunged by 7,000 jobs, or 15.2 percent.

The national jobless rate was 5 percent in September, little changed over the previous month. Government employment increased 14,100 in state (+6,400), local (+5,900), and federal (+1,800) government.

As we've repeatedly pointed out, a shrinking workforce isn't South Carolina's only problem: The state suffers from poor jobs, low incomes and weak economic growth.

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