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Pa.'s unemployment rate inches up to 4.5%

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 4.5% in December.

The state's civilian labor force-the estimated number of residents working or looking for work- was up 18,000 to more than 6 million people, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and industry said in its employment situation report for December 2019.

Total nonfarm jobs fell by 9,700 to 6, 063,400.

Education and health services jobs increased by 700, while professional and business services jobs declined by 9,700, the report said.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 32,700.

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