HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) -According to preliminary findings from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 31,000 jobs were added throughout July. 

The sector with the largest one-month growth was professional and business services, which saw an increase of 11,000 jobs. The sectors with the largest 12-month gain were trade, transportation and utilities, which saw 60,500 new jobs. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate now sits at 4.3 percent, just higher than the national average of 3.5 percent. 

“The jobs report for July is a testament to Pennsylvania workers’ ability to bounce back from a crisis, provide for their families and contribute to a strong economy that benefits all of us,” said Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier. “As the unemployment rate continues to steadily decline, job growth continues across the board in industries ranging from professional and business services to trade and transportation. This month marks the first time since June 2019 that we have had 4.3 percent unemployment,” Berrier added. 

According to the Department, from April 2020 through July 2022, Pennsylvania has recovered approximately 90 percent of jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic period.