Pennsylvania jobless rate stable as payrolls see new record

The Associated Press
JT Hand, chief operating officer of York Water Company, center, shows workers historic photos of the Lake Williams dam construction from 106 years ago, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. John A. Pavoncello photo

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable in August, as payrolls rose to a record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9%. That’s one-tenth of a percentage point above the lowest rate on record it hit earlier this year.

The state says its records go back to 1976.

The national unemployment rate was 3.7% in August. Among states, Pennsylvania’s rate ranks 33rd.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force rose by 9,000, closer to 6.5 million, as employment and unemployment each rose by 5,000.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose 16,500, to a record high farther above 6 million. The education and health services sector was the biggest gainer.

The figures are preliminary and could change.