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Jobless rate in Pa. drops below 7 percent

Published On: Jan 24 2014 12:38:52 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 01:53:53 PM EST
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Pennsylvania's jobless rate has dipped below seven percent, according to a state Department of Labor report released Friday.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent in December, down four-tenths of a percent from November, according to the report.

That's the lowest level it's been in nearly five years, and it's down a full percentage point from the same time last year.


But the report also said more people left the work force in December.

New Jersey's unemployment rate dropped a half-point in December to 7.3- percent.