February job statistics for Pennsylvania are the first sign that the national economic slowdown might affect the state, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said.

“Until now, our economy has been in great shape,” Rendell said in a statement this month. “As recently as January we had more jobs than any time in history. But, last month the job count dropped and the unemployment rate rose slightly, indicating immediate action is needed to lesson the effects of a sagging national economy.”

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