HARRISBURG – The PA Department of Labor reported that the state’s unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6% in July. The U.S. rate dropped one-half of a percentage point to 5.4%. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percentage points below its July 2020 level and the national rate was down 4.8 points over the year. PA‘s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 16,000 over the month due to a drop in unemployment which fell for the fifth consecutive month. Employment rose for the fifth time in the past six months. Total non-farm jobs were up 28,800 over the month to over 5.7 million in July. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry categories with the biggest gain in leisure & hospitality. The largest drop was in education & health services.