Pa. jobless rate stays at 8.8 percent in October

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 4:31 PM

Pennsylvania's latest jobless rate remains at 8.8 percent, exactly where it was a month earlier.

The state added nearly 11,000 nonfarm jobs, according to October figures released on Thursday.

Gov. Ed Rendell says the numbers are an economic bright spot and evidence that the state may be poised for recovery.

The 8.8 percent jobless rate is the highest it's been since 1984.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 10.2 percent.