Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs count was up 10,300 to a record high of 5,970,400 in September.
That means 12,344 people out of an area workforce of 310,889 were without a job.
Statewide, the largest private-sector job gains were in professional and business services, education and health services, and trade, transportation and utilities. The sector saw a drop of 23,300 in its non-adjusted figure.
That was down from 2.5 percent in August and 2.9 percent in September 2016.
Indiana's labor force increased by 6,105 over the past month due to a 3,583 decrease in employment and a 9,688 increase in unemployment.
As of the prior month's preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the thirteenth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas.
The household survey showed employment was essentially unchanged while the number of people classified as unemployed increased 3,000.
Rhode Island's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the August rate, according to the state's Department of Labor and Training. It was the third straight month the rate has increased for the state after it plummeted in the first half of the year. The seasonally adjusted rate also was slightly lower from Kansas' August unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, and 4.3 percent in September 2016.
ME labor officials say the current 24-month stretch in which unemployment has been 4 percent or less is the second-longest such period in more than four decades.