Unemployment Dips

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The state’s unemployment rate dipped a tenth of a point in June yet remained nearly a full point behind the national rate of 3.6%. While the state’s civilian labor force (the number of residents employed or looking for work) increased modestly to 6.16 million, this total is more than 300,000 workers below pre-pandemic levels – in June 2019, by comparison, the labor force stood at nearly 6.5 million. According to federal data, there are 478,000 job openings in Pennsylvania – the third-highest among states nationally, and far higher than the 288,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians currently seeking work. 

Make sure to tune in to On The Mark-1070AM, next Friday, August 5th at 8:30 am, when your Board Chair Art Thomas and I respond to the latest federal unemployment rate and other data in the Employment Situation Report.
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