Ending nearly a 10-year period, during which Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was always below the national average, Pennsylvania's September unemployment rate was higher than the national unemployment rate. Pennsylvania's rate was 8.2% in September, compared to the national average rate of 7.8%. www.bls.gov.
Pennsylvania was one of only 6 states in September that had rising unemployment. During September, forty-one states saw their unemployment rates fall, and 3 others had no change.
For nearly all of Governor Rendell's first term and for all of his second term, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was well below the national average and often around 1% below the national average.
As of September 2012, the Commonwealth unemployment rate rose another 0.1%, and the rate was a full 0.4% higher than the national average. Pennsylvania's rate now has risen for four straight months.