Hiring in Pennsylvania is on the rise, but overall employment remained relatively stagnant for a fourth straight month.
The state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday that the jobless rate rose to 7.5-percent in June, after two months at 7.4-percent.
It was 7.5-percent in March, and 8-percent a year ago. The national rate was 8.2-percent in June. Meanwhile, the agency estimated that the number of non-farm jobs in Pennsylvania rose by almost 15,000 in June to nearly 5.73 million, about the same level as March.
It estimated that 16,000 more people were looking for work, with just 3,000 more finding it. Pennsylvania payrolls are still recovering from the recession, having dropped below 5.6 million after peaking above 5.8 million jobs in 2008.