Wednesday, August 29, 2007

unemployment

The state released the latest unemployment rates for the region yesterday. Pittsburgh did tick up from 4.0 to 4.3%. You can read the entire release here.

It would have been a little shocking if the unemployment rate had continued its recent downward trend and dip below 4%. The state puts a positive spin on it saying 4.3% is the lowest July unemployment rate here going back to the early 1970s. We will see what the fall brings.

For those who trust that I have not written a virus, I wanted to see just how far my programming skills have atrophied. The answer is about 98%, but I have made up an interactive tool to look at the historical unemployment rate for Pittsburgh. You can call it up by clicking here. No laughing please.

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