Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pa. jobless rate drops, Corbett supporters crow

Gov. Corbett's supporters are cheering news that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February, the lowest it has been since 2008.

Pa. jobless rate drops, Corbett supporters crow


Gov. Corbett got some good news Friday.

 Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in February, a half point lower than the national average and the lowest it has been since November 2008, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department. In February 2013, the state jobless rate was 7.7 percent.

“Gov. Corbett has put Pennsylvania has put Pennsylvania on the right track,” said state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, called the report “a testament to the strength of the pro-jobs, pro-growth policies Gov. Tom Corbett has instituted.”

Corbett, with low public-approval ratings in opinion polls, has been labeled the most vulnerable incumbent up for reelection this year.

Democrats point out that Pennsylvania still lags in the growth of new jobs, ranking near the bottom among the states.

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