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Butler County’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate falls slightly to 3.2%

The Pittsburgh region’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased slightly to 4.2% from March to April, while Butler County’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased as well, from 3.3% to 3.2% during that time.

Butler County continued to have the lowest rate of the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to data released Tuesday, May 30, by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted rate fell to 4.1% from 4.2%, while the nation’s rate decreased slightly as well to 3.4% from 3.5%

Butler County’s seasonally adjusted labor force was almost unchanged from March to April as it lost 100 workers, rounding out at 98,400.

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland are the other counties in the Pittsburgh region.

All counties saw an decrease in their jobless rate from March to April except for Allegheny County, with a small increase from 3.4% to 3.5%.

The biggest decrease in the Pittsburgh region was Armstrong County, going from 4.4% in March, to 3.8% in April.

In surrounding counties not classified as part of the Pittsburgh region, Clarion, Beaver and Lawrence came in with a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.2%, while Venango County came in at 4.3%.

The Gettysburg Metropolitan Statistical Area boasted the lowest seasonally adjusted rate in the state at 2.9%.

East Stroudsburg retained the highest rate in the state at 5.4%, but was down from 5.6% in March.

Seasonally adjusted total non-farm jobs in the Pittsburgh region went almost unchanged over the past month, rounding out at 1,167,900 in April.

Jobs increased from March to April in seven of the 11 “supersectors” in the Pittsburgh area — the broadest groups of industries.

This was led by construction, which added 5,300 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality, which was up 4,600 jobs, and professional and business services, up 2,100 jobs.

Financial jobs and education and health services each were down 600 jobs over the past month.

Over the past year, jobs were up in 10 of the 11 supersectors, with professional and business services having the largest increase as it added 6,500 jobs, while leisure and hospitality added 5,100 jobs over the past year.

The only supersector that saw a decline since April 2022 was construction, down 2,000 jobs.

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