Pa. loses 26,000 jobs in Nov., most since 1996

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - December 18, 2008 The state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday that Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs count tumbled by 26,000 last month, the biggest monthly drop since January 1996.

Meanwhile, the state's jobless rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point in November to 6.1 percent. That's the highest since it's been since 1994, but still below the national rate for the seventh straight month.

The state now has 5.76 million nonfarm jobs, the fewest since August 2006.

Still, the state is doing better than the national average.

The national jobless rate is 6.7 percent.

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