Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is moving in the wrong direction.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate jumped from 7.6 percent in June to 7.9 percent in July, up three-tenths of a percentage point.
The good news is that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remains slightly better than the national rate of 8.3 percent. The state’s current rate is also an improvement from the 8.1 percent recorded a year earlier.
Erie County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in June, the most recent month for which statistics are available. County-level numbers for July are due out Aug. 28.
Statewide, the number of people holding down jobs fell from 5.97 million to 5.96 million. Meanwhile, the number of people in the civilian labor force — people who were either working or looking for work — grew 1.7 percent to 6.47 million.