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State jobless rate slips to 7.5 perent in March

| Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate declined slightly to 7.5 percent last month, the state said Thursday.

The seasonally adjusted rate in March was lower than the 7.6 percent rate in February and the 7.9 percent rate in March 2011, according to a survey of residents that's used to calculate the jobless rate.

The state's rate was below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent in March, the 47th consecutive month the state was lower than the nation, the state Department of Labor and Industry said.

Meanwhile, a separate survey of employers released by the state found there were 5.73 million nonfarm jobs in the state last month, up 7,800 from February.

Gains were seen in the service sector and in mining and logging, which reached its highest level -- 38,500 jobs -- since 1990.

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