Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate, payrolls set new records

The Associated Press
In this March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest rate on record, as payrolls hit a new record.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 %. Pennsylvania’s rate had twice previously hit 4 % since 1976, which is as far back as the state says its records go.

The national rate was 3.8 % in March. Among states, Pennsylvania is tied for 31st.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force grew by 5,000, as employment rose by 10,000 to a record high above 6.2 million. Unemployment shrank to its lowest level since 2000.

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A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose 4,000, to a record high above 6 million.

Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.