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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained flat in September at a nearly two-decade low, as payrolls rose to a record high.

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The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent last month, the lowest point since 2000.

The national rate is 3.7 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force grew by 15,000 to nearly 6.4 million, as employment rose by the same amount and unemployment remained flat at 262,000.

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A separate survey of employers showed seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by 7,700 in September, hitting another record high above 6 million.

The biggest gainers were professional and business services, education and health services and the construction sector.

Friday’s figures are preliminary and could change.

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