Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released both national and state unemployment and jobs data from September. According to the national employment situation report, the national unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent which is .2 percent lower than August.
Pennsylvania’s August unemployment was 4.2 percent, which at the time was the lowest it had been since June 2000. In September, unemployment dropped even lower to 4.1 percent, tying the state record low set in April 2000.
Locally, in the Erie metropolitan area, preliminary numbers show that jobs in the trade, government, educational, and health services sectors have grown since August.
The full Bureau of Labor Statistics state report can be found here.