Saturday, August 1, 2015

Job picture improving in Pa., N.J.

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Unemployment fell slightly in May, compared with April, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - two states among 20 that saw improvement last month, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, from 5.7 percent, while New Jersey's fell to 6.8 percent, from 6.9 percent. The national unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent - the same as in April. Pennsylvania added 24,700 jobs in May, and New Jersey added 8,400, the department said.

Sixteen states had unemployment-rate increases, and 14 were unchanged from April to May, the department said.

A year ago, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent; New Jersey's was 8.4 percent. The numbers were seasonally adjusted. The national rate a year ago was 7.5 percent. - Reid Kanaley

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