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W.Pa. jobless rate holds steady at 6.8 percent

The unemployment rate in Western Pennsylvania was unchanged last month, the state Department of Labor and Industry reported today.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the seven-county Pittsburgh region was 6.8 percent in April, the same as in March, and down from 7.3 percent in April 2011, according to the state’s survey of households.

Meanwhile, the region added 10,800 jobs in April, according to a separate survey of employers. The region had 1,157,100 nonfarm jobs last month, up from 1,146,300 in March.

The region covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.


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