Pennsylvania’s payrolls crept to another record high in April, while the unemployment rate inched down to a post-recession low as the labor pool shrank.
The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.7 percent in April. The national rate is 3.9 percent.
A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force contracted by 16,000, falling further below its 2012 record high as employment and unemployment dropped.
A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by about 9,000 in April, reaching a record high a bit farther above 6 million.
The biggest gains were in professional and business services and education and health services.
Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.