Pennsylvania’s jobless rate drops for 8th straight month

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for the eighth month in a row in October, as payrolls grew but the labor force shrank. Department of Labor and Industry figures released Friday show Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6% from September’s rate. The national rate was 4.6% in October, and Pennsylvania lags most other states, tied at 40th among 50. In a survey of households, the labor force shrank for the fifth month in a row, although the number of employed grew. Payrolls grew in October by 19,000, and Pennsylvania has regained about 65% of the 1.1 million jobs lost in the pandemic.