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Pa.’s unemployment rate remained at record low of 4 percent in November

By: - December 16, 2022 9:44 am

Across the U.S., millions have lost jobs, paychecks and health insurance. (Getty Images / Spencer Pratt)

Pennsylvania’s unemployment remained at a record low of 4 percent in November, according to state data released on Friday.

The commonwealth’s November 2022 unemployment rate is 1.5 percentage points below its November 2021 unemployment rate, data released by the state Department of Labor and Industry showed.

“A historically low unemployment rate for two months in a row means that Pennsylvania workers have the ability to be selective in their search for family-sustaining wages and career paths that afford them the ability to pursue their passions,” Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. “But the flipside of a low unemployment rate is scarcity of skilled workers for some industries. So, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to invest in growing our labor force, developing skilled workers who meet the needs of Pennsylvania employers and attracting talented workers to the commonwealth.” 

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent.

In Pennsylvania, non-farm jobs were up 10,400 over the month to 6,021,800 in November.

The department said the state has recovered approximately 93.5 percent of jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.