Pennsylvania labor force shrinks in March
April 20, 2013 10:39 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — The size of Pennsylvania’s labor force shrank in March by the biggest one-month amount in almost three decades, as unemployment and payrolls also fell.

The Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March, down from 8.1 percent in February. The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March.

A survey of households showed the number of people working or looking for work fell in March by 33,000 to just above 6.5 million. That’s the largest one-month drop since 1983.

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