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Pennsylvania's economy showed improvement in October, as jobless rate fell and payrolls grew


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate showed signs of improvement last month as employers added jobs.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the jobless rate slid two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in October, although it still remains above Pennsylvania's post-recession low of 5 percent reached last December.

The national rate is 5 percent.

The state's civilian labor force grew by 5,000, to remain slightly above 6.4 million. Employment jumped by 14,000, closer to 6.1 million, while unemployment dropped by 9,000 to 330,000.

A survey of employers found that seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls grew by 13,700 to almost 5.86 million, bouncing back after a dip following July's record high.

The biggest gainers were the leisure and hospitality and education and health services sectors. Construction payrolls fell the farthest.

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