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The state Employment Development Department said Friday that non-farm payroll employment statewide totaled 16,777,800 in August, reflecting a net loss of 8,200 jobs from July.

For the year, Pennsylvania's rate is down six-tenths of a percent. The jobless rate was 4.1 percent in April, May and June.

Eight states saw an increase in their unemployment rate in August and the national rate increased from 4.3 to 4.4 percent. Seven major industry sectors added jobs, with four adding 3,300 or more jobs each.

It moved up another tenth of a percent from 4.8 to 4.9 percent, keeping it a half percent higher that the national unemployment rate, which moved to 4.4 percent in August.

The state has lost 9,000 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 6,300 private sector jobs since August of 2016. Over the year, the state's nonfarm payroll jobs were up 2.2 percent with a net gain of 15,200 jobs.

Manufacturing added 3,300 jobs.

Other services added 1,800 jobs.

The highest growth sectors for IN in August were trade, transportation and utilities, as well as financial activities. The categories with the biggest job gains were leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.

Government reported the largest decline, down 1,500 jobs.

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