Pa. jobs drop in June

(AP) – The state Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday that June’s labor force dropped by 28,000 to 6.4 million. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ online records go back to 1976.

June’s unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent, a nearly six-year low, as the ranks of employed Pennsylvanians declined by 22,000 and the number of unemployed shrank by 6,000.

The labor force is the number of people working or looking for jobs, and the figure has been declining steadily since December 2012.

A separate survey of employers shows total non-farm jobs crept up by 1,800, but that was after May’s initial payrolls were revised downward by 7,000. Payrolls stand at 5.79 million.

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