From staff reports
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in April decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to a record low 3.8 percent in April – the lowest rate since 1976, according to a news release from the state Department of Labor & Industry.
The national rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from March to 3.6 percent.
The Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point from April 2018.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total non-farm jobs, was up 9,400 from March to a record high of 6,056,100.
Highlights of the jobs report include:
– Fifth consecutive gain as well as fifth consecutive record high.
– Total non-farm jobs increased over the month in eight of the 11 industry super-sectors.
– Professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality all rose to record high job levels.
Over the past 12 months, jobs increased by 58,300 in the commonwealth with gains in nine of the 11 super-sectors. Education and health services had the largest volume 12-month gain.