Pa. Jobless Rate Remained at 7.5 Percent in July

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained at 7.5 percent in July, the same level it has been since May.

The Labor and Industry Department said Friday the state added 4,000 private-sector jobs in July but total employment dipped slightly.

Pennsylvania's jobless rate is slightly above the national level of 7.4 percent for July.

Jobs and joblessness are emerging as a major issue for Gov. Tom Corbett as he heads into a re-election campaign next year.

Corbett's labor secretary, Julia Hearthway, noted the number of private-sector jobs has grown during Corbett's nearly three years in office.

Unemployment is down by 0.6 percent from a year ago, while the labor force has grown by 47,000 people.

The state said the number of people classified as unemployed was 492,000, the third-lowest in four years.

Construction, financial activities and leisure and hospitality jobs increased from June to July, while there were drops in government employment and manufacturing.

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