• Unemployment Drops, Again


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    Unemployment fell again in December as the Pittsburgh region continued the encouraging trend that characterized 2017. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased .8 percent, from 5.7 percent in December 2016 to 4.9 percent in December 2017 across the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Within the... More

  • Local Unemployment Down, Still Lags U.S. Rate


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      The unemployment rate in southwestern Pennsylvania continues to fall but can’t quite keep up with the national rate. The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.6 percent in October 2016 to 4.7 percent in October 2017.  The national unemployment rate is 4.1 percent. “Historically, it’s a low rate,” said Chris Briem, regional... More

  • Low Unemployment, But Fewer Workers


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    There’s good news and bad news for southwestern Pennsylvania when it comes to the latest unemployment data. The good news is the region’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell steeply from 6.0 percent in September 2016 to 4.8 percent in September 2017. The bad news is the low unemployment rate is likely due to people exiting... More