Pennsylvania unemployment stays above national average as payrolls rebound

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose in January, as the labor force shrank but payrolls rebounded.

State figures released Friday show Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.3%, up two-tenths of a percentage point from December’s adjusted rate. Upward revisions to Pennsylvania’s preliminary unemployment rate in December helped put it a whole point above the national rate of 6.3% in January.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 35,700 over the month to 5,638,100 in January, essentially reversing December’s drop of 35,400.

Pennsylvania has regained a little over half of the 1.1 million jobs lost in the pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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