Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate went down by one percentage point last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry confirmed Friday.
From September to October the rate of unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent. The department reports that the national unemployment rate also fell by a percentage point to 6.9 percent in October.
The department found Pennsylvania has recovered 56.3 percent of its total nonfarm jobs lost atthe beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April when shutdowns began.
The largest 12-month decline among industry sectors was in leisure and hospitality, which saw the loss of 142,200 jobs, according to L&I data.