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Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent in May

| Friday, June 18, 2010

Pennsylvania's economy added 19,500 jobs in May, but the job growth primarily was fueled by the federal government's temporary employment of workers for the 2010 Census, the state said Thursday.

The number of jobs -- adjusted for seasonal hiring factors -- rose to 5,625,900 in May, the highest level in 13 months and 5,000 more jobs than in May 2009. The state's economy has added 76,200 jobs in the past three months, the state Department of Labor and Industry said.

The biggest gain in employment in May occurred in the government sector, where 14,300 jobs were added to raise the total to 773,900. That's 18,000 more jobs than in May 2009.

The increase in jobs did not prevent the state's unemployment rate from rising 0.1 of a percentage point in May to 9.1 percent, which was 1.1 percentage points higher than May 2009.

The jobless rate rose in May even though there were 8,000 fewer people were in the work force -- those counted as either working or looking for work. The civilian labor force of 6.463 million in May represented an increase of 44,000 from a year ago.

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