Region's Jobless Dipping Labor Force Grows but Remains Short of Year- Ago Levels

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Region's Jobless Dipping Labor Force Grows but Remains Short of Year- Ago Levels


Belser, Ann, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Despite an increase in seasonal employment, the Pittsburgh region still had 5,400 fewer jobs in March than it had at the same time a year ago, the state Department of Labor and Industry reported Tuesday.

Still, the unemployment rate has fallen slightly every month since May 2013, when it was 6.9 percent.

In March, the rate dipped to 5.8 percent in the seven-county region, a tenth of a percentage point lower than February's 5.9 percent.

The Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area is made up of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The unemployment rate and labor force numbers are seasonally adjusted, but the number of jobs is not because of the small sample size.

The past three months have offered signs of hope.

For all of 2013, the unemployment rate declined, in large part, because of workers dropping out of the labor force. But February and March were marked by increases in the size of the labor force and by declining unemployment. The regional labor force at 1. …

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