New Jersey and Pennsylvania have seen year-over-year declines in their unemployment rates. In New Jersey, the unemployment rate dropped 0.5 percent to 4.3 percent last month. Pennsylvania also saw a decline from 4.7 percent in April 2006 to 4.1 percent last month.

However, between March and April, Pennsylvania saw a rise in unemployment and a decline in the number of people employed. There were 22,000 fewer people on payrolls, while the number of unemployed rose 20,000.

The reason the two numbers are not the same is because the state's overall workforce declined during that period.

Pennsylvania jobs were lost in construction, manufacturing, information, financial activities and leisure and hospitality. The biggest gainer for jobs in the month was mining, followed by education,health, and business and professional services. Government, trade, transportation and utilities were flat.

Contact staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen at 215-584-2769 or jvonbergen@phillynews.com.