HARRISBURG – The PA Department of Labor & Industry released its preliminary employment report for October 2022. Unemployment was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.0% in October, setting a new record low. The U.S. unemployment rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 3.7%. PA’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 2,000 over the month. Total nonfarm jobs were up 10,400 over the month to over 6 million in October. The largest gain was in the leisure & hospitality industry. From April 2020 to October 2022, PA recovered approximately 92% of jobs lost in the first two months of the pandemic.