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Pa. shows biggest one-month jobs gain since recession

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in April, breaking a string of three monthly increases, as employers added the biggest one-month gain recorded in Pennsylvania since the recession.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that April’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from March at 5.3 percent. Pennsylvania hit a post-recession low of 5 percent in December.

The national rate for April was 5.4 percent.

A survey of households showed the state’s labor force, the number of people working or looking for work, expanded by 19,000, moving closer to 6.4 million people. Employment grew, as did unemployment.

In a separate survey of employers, payrolls grew by 27,000 jobs, with the largest increase in construction, adding 10,000 jobs. The payrolls figure is preliminary and could be revised next month.

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