PA unemployment rate falls to 7.9% in March

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.9% in March according to the state department of Labor & Industry.  Unemployment decreased 20,000 over to the month to 512,000.  It was the largest decrease in 30 years. Only July 1983 had a larger decrease.

Total nonfarm jobs declined by 5,900 in March to 5,742,300. Fiver supersectors showed gains in March, including an increase of 6,100 jobs in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 jobs in educational services.  112,800 private sector jobs were added to the state economy since January 2011 with a current total of 5,024,500.