Pa. lost 41,000 jobs in February

March 19, 2009 10:42:32 AM PDT
Gov. Ed Rendell says the recession continues to pummel Pennsylvania. Rendell said Thursday that employers cut 41,000 jobs in February. According to federal labor statistics, that's the biggest one-month job loss since January 1996.

Rendell released the figures while calling on officials at Philadelphia-based oil refiner Sunoco Inc. to rescind a plan to cut 750 jobs.

Rendell says it's "unconscionable" for the oil company to be laying off workers when it made $776 million in profit last year.

With February's losses, Pennsylvania now has fewer jobs than it has at any point since July 2005.

Since the recession began in December 2007, Pennsylvanians have lost more than 100,000 jobs, or nearly 2 percent of the total.

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