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Unemployment Slightly Rises

An office in Chester County. File photo.

While the statewide unemployment rate was up slightly last month, it still remained low.

Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry showed the unemployment rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 4.5 percent in December.

The numbers showed that December was the fifth consecutive month in which employment and unemployment both went up. The combination of the two is a signal that Pennsylvanians have been entering the workforce, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said.

The national unemployment rate for December was 3.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In November, the latest month that county-level data is available, the unemployment rate in Bucks County was at 3.7 percent, a slight drop from the month previous.

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