Region gains 15,500 jobs in June, BLS says

| Thursday, July 28, 2011

Employers in the Pittsburgh region added 15,500 jobs in June, the largest May-to-June increase in the past 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "We've been having substantial year-over-year (job) gains the last several months.

It's a good sign we are on the right track" to an economic recovery, said Frank Gamrat, an economist and senior research associate at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, a Castle Shannon think tank. A survey of employers in the seven-county region, also showed there were 1.155 million jobs in June, 13,600 more than a year ago.

The manufacturing sector added 1,200 in June to reach 90,700 jobs. It's the first time the region's manufacturing sector has had more than 90,000 jobs since March 2009, when there were 90,600. There were 3,200 more construction jobs, increasing the total to 54,300.

The June unemployment rate for the seven counties -- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland -- will be released on Aug. 2.

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