2010-07-29 / Front Page

Jobless Rate Shows Little Change Here

Unemployment rate fluctuates slightly
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s jobless rate shows little sign of recovery as June’s rate was down only threetenths of a percentage point from June’s, showing only small gains in those unemployed but no change in those employed. Unemployment rates in Fulton County for June decreased, but that small decrease still kept the county in the next-to-last-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted a 12.1 percent unemployment rate for June, down from 12.4 percent in May, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Despite the decrease in unemployment, the county’s ranking remained unchanged at number 66 (out of 67 counties) and unchanged in ranking since June 2009.

The county’s rate remains lower than only Cameron County (#67) with a rate now of 15.0 percent.

The number of unemployed in Fulton County dropped from 1,000 in May to 900 in June, while the number of employed remained at 6,900. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for June 2009 was 14.5 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in June, unchanged from the revised May rate.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.5 percent and has been at or below the national rate for 87 of the past 90 months. The state rate was up 1 percentage point from June 2009, while the U.S. rate equaled its rate from a year ago.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – fell by 27,000 residents in June to 6,437,000. Nearly all the labor force drop was among resident employment, which fell by 25,000. The unemployment count, down 1,000 in June, dropped for the first time since December 2007. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 29,000 from its June 2009 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 21 (also 21 in May), with an unemployment rate of 8.6 per- cent, down from May’s rate of 8.9 percent. It is tied with Sullivan County for the number 21 ranking.

Bedford’s ranking for June was number 59 with an 11 percent rate, with the unemployment rate unchanged from May. It is tied with Schuylkill County for the number 59 spot. Huntingdon County’s June rate was 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 percent in May and down from the number 55 spot to number 54. It is tied with McKean County for the number 54 ranking.

Centre and Chester counties again posted the lowest unemployment rates in the state for June, ranking numbers 1 and 2, respectively, with Centre’s rate at 6.5 percent and Chester at 7 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count fell by 6,300 in June. Despite this month’s decline – the first in the past four months – Pennsylvania has added a net total of 64,200 jobs so far in 2010. During the first six months of 2009, Pennsylvania lost 143,300 jobs.

Service-providing industries accounted for twothirds of the total June job losses. Among supersectors, the biggest decline was in government, which fell 4,700 as temporary 2010 Census jobs began phasing out. Two service-providing industry supersectors, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality, added 5,400 and 900 jobs, respectively, in June. Due primarily to the phasing out of temporary census jobs, the United States’ job count in June fell for the first time this year, down 125,000.

Pennsylvania jobs were up 22,800, or 0.4 percent, from June 2009. This was the biggest over-the-year jobs gain since May 2008. Meanwhile, the United States’ job count was down 170,000 jobs from June 2009.

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