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March 22, 2013

Pa. unemployment rate dips

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dipped a notch in February after shooting to its highest point since October 2010, while the labor force shrank and payrolls stayed put.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that February’s unemployment rate was 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in January.

The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in February.

The department estimates that the number of nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania remained flat at just fewer than 5.75 million jobs, a number that’s about the same as it was last March.

Payrolls hit a record above 5.8 billion in April 2008, but shrank to below 5.6 billion amid the recession’s effects.

A survey of households shows the number of people working or looking for work shrank in February, as did unemployment and employment.

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