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Pennsylvania jobs at record levels, despite slight increase in statewide jobless rate

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania's job growth continued to set records in May, despite a small increase in the statewide unemployment rate.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the jobless rate rose to 5.4 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April. That remains below the national rate of 5.5 percent.

A May survey of employers found that seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls increased by 18,200 jobs for a record total of nearly 5.86 million. The biggest increases from April were in health and education, which added nearly 9,000 jobs, and construction, which added more than 3,000 jobs. The department also revised down April's big gain of 27,000 jobs by about 7,000.

Despite May's job gains, unemployment still rose as more people began looking for work.

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