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Pennsylvania jobless rate flat as payrolls hit record high

October 19, 2018 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained flat in September at a nearly two-decade low, as payrolls rose to a record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent last month, the lowest point since 2000.

The national rate is 3.7 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force grew by 15,000 to nearly 6.4 million, as employment rose by the same amount and unemployment remained flat at 262,000.

A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by 7,700 in September, hitting another record high above 6 million.

The biggest gainers were professional and business services, education and health services and the construction sector.

Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.