The Pittsburgh region lost 1,900 jobs between August 2015 and August 2016, a 0.2 percent decline. That percentage was below the benchmark average of a 2.3 percent gain and was the lowest of all benchmark regions.
According to the preliminary numbers, in the 12-month period, transportation and utilities jobs declined by 7.6 percent (the largest decline among benchmark regions), financial activities jobs declined by 3.5 percent (the second-largest decline among benchmark regions) and manufacturing jobs declined by 2.6 percent.
Sectors which gained jobs in the 12-month period were leisure and hospitality (up 3 percent), wholesale trade (up 2.5 percent) and education and health services (up 2.5 percent).
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