PA jobless claims tick up in April

State is half a percentage above national Average

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - The number of people looking for work in Pennsylvania climbed April increased to nearly 5% of the workforce.

The Department of Labor & Industry released it's April numbers Friday saying the state's unemployment rate now stands at 4.9 percent - a half point higher than the national average of 4.4 percent.

The increase ends four consecutive months of decline in the jobless rate as an additional 4,000 jobs were lost in April.

The largest drop was seen in the education and health services sectors while the largest increase was in the professional and business services sector.


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