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Pennsylvania jobless rate flat again, payrolls hit new high

The Associated Press
In this file photo, Kinsley Construction superintendant Bill Bergman and employee Jerry McCue, left, use laser measuring to level the floor of the new concession area they were building at the Capitol Theatre Monday, May 14, 2018. The greatest gains in Pennsylvania's May employment report were in construction and trade, transportation and utilities. Bill Kalina photo

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained flat for a second straight month in October, a nearly two-decade low, as payrolls jumped to another record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent last month, the lowest point since 2000.

The national rate is 3.7 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force grew by 23,000 to pass 6.4 million, as employment and unemployment both rose.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by 18,500 in October, hitting another record high above 6 million.

The biggest gainers were professional and business services, education and health services and the construction sector.

Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.