HARRISBURG – PA‘s unemployment began sliding down from its pandemic peak in May, even clocking in at below the national rate as payrolls grew by almost 200,000. The state Department of Labor and Industry reported that PA‘s unemployment rate was 13.1% in May – down 3% from April’s adjusted rate of 16.1%, its highest rate in over four decades of record-keeping. The national rate was 13.3% in May. Meanwhile, payrolls began rebounding, gaining back about 1 in 5 jobs lost during the pandemic as the number of new infections has slowed. Gov. Tom Wolf has eased some restrictions and many businesses are starting to reopen. Today, eight PA counties move to green. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike, and Schuylkill. As a result, 54 counties are in green and 13 counties are in yellow. Meanwhile, Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons tweeted that he received a call from the Governor’s staff with news that Lancaster County will go green next Saturday.