Pennsylvania’s February unemployment rate unchanged at 7.3%

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Employment count up 30,000 last month.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Friday released its employment situation report for February 2021. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the month, remaining at 7.3% in February. The U.S. rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from January to 6.2%. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points above its February 2020 level while the national rate was up 2.7 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – increased 35,000 over the month due mostly to a gain in employment of 30,000.

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 16,600 over the month to 5,656,700 in February, the ninth gain in the past 10 months. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in leisure & hospitality (+12,800).

Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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