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State Unemployment Rate Climbs In January – National Number Drops In February

March 11, 2013

The state’s Department of Labor and Industry has announced that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in January, the Commonwealth’s highest mark since October, 2010.

The state’s unemployment figure in December stood at 7.9 percent.

The announcement regarding January’s number came on Friday, just after the nation’s unemployment rate for February was announced at 7.7 percent, a drop from January’s figure of 7.8 percent.

The Labor Department says the number of unemployed Pennsylvanians grew by about 18,000 in January, while the number of people looking for work rose by about 17,000 to 6.55 million, an all-time high.

The number of non-farm jobs remained fairly stable.

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