Friday, May 16, 2008
A report by the state Department of Labor shows 2,300 new jobs in the month of April, while the nation lost more than 20,000 jobs. Most of the jobs were in education, health services, and professional services. Unemployment rose from 4.9% to the national average of 5%. Department of Labor spokesman Troy Thompson says that's because of the 35,000 people to enter the workforce, 9,000 were unable to find jobs. He says Pennsylvania investments in communities and education have helped make employers and employees more competitive, that needs to continue if we're to stay ahead of the national economic troubles.