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Unemployment Rate

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate steady in April

Lehigh Valley unemployment rate steady in April

If you're a glass is half full kind of person, the Lehigh Valley's job picture was steady in April. You say your glass is half empty? Then it was stagnant. The region's April unemployment rate stayed at 5.7 percent, 13th out of 18 regions in the state, as local employers added a seasonally adjusted 1,100 jobs over March. The state's unemployment rate in April was 5.3 percent. The Lehigh Valley's flat rate hides signs of continued improvement, said Steven Zellers, industry and business analyst with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. "A lot of people are going to assume that just because the rate was flat there was no improvement, and...