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Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March, according to state data released last week.

Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s March 2022 unemployment rate is 2.2 percentage points below its March 2021 unemployment rate.

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 3.6 percent, a 38.6 percent decrease since March 2021.

Nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania increased by 15,800 over the month to 5,902,300 in March.

The department reports that Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 83 percent of jobs lost due to the pandemic.

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