The employment picture for the region and nation was mixed in August, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday.
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in July as the number of people without jobs in the state increased by 9,000, the department said.
New Jersey's rate dipped to 8.5 percent from July's 8.6 percent as the number without jobs fell by about 3,000.
All the numbers are seasonally adjusted.
The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.
Year-over-year for August, New Jersey added 64,700 jobs and brought its unemployment rate down from 9.7 percent in August 2012, the department said.