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August Jobs Report Shows Growth in Both Private and Public Sectors



Both private and public sector jobs were up in August, according to the latest employment statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
 
Private sector jobs were up 9,200 to 5,767,700 due to gains in both goods-producing and private service-providing industries.
 
Pennsylvania’s August total jobs were at their highest level since October 2008, increasing by 11,300 to a total of 5,767,700. Both private and public sector jobs were up with increases in eight of the 11 supersectors, the primary categories in which jobs are classified.
 
The state’s unemployment rate ticked up two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7 percent in August.
 
Over the year, the unemployment rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point, while the labor force was up 19,000, the amount of people working was up 45,000 and unemployment was down 26,000.
 


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