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Pennsylvania’s employment grew in May, labor force shrank

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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate shrank in May and payrolls grew, even as the labor force contracted, according to state figures released Friday.The figures come out as employers broadly report that they are struggling to find workers to hire.Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9% from April’s adjusted rate, the state Department of Labor and Industry said.

April’s initial rate had been 7.4% before being revised downward to 7.1%.The national rate was 5.8% in May, more than a whole point below Pennsylvania’s.In a survey of households, the labor force shrank by 6,000 in May, closer to 6.3 million, as the number of employed grew by 10,000 and the number of unemployed dropped by 16,000.

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