2010-09-02 / Front Page

Jobless Rate Shows No Sign Of Recovery

Unemployment rate continues to fluctuate slightly
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s jobless rate continues to show no sign of recovery as July’s rate was up seventenths of a percentage point from June’s, showing a gain in those unemployed and a decrease in those employed. In spite of the increase in unemployment in the county for July, the county remains in the next-to-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted a 12.7 percent unemployment rate for July, up from 12.0 percent in June, 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 14.0 percent.

The number of unemployed in Fulton County rose from 900 in June to 1,000 in July, while the number of employed dropped from 6,900 in June to 6,700 in July. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for July 2009 was, however, 14.9 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in July, up one-tenth of a percentage point from June. Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.5 percent, and has been at or below the national rate for 88 of the past 91 months. The state rate was up one percentage point from July 2009, while the U.S. rate was up onetenth of a percentage point from a year earlier.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – fell by 43,000 residents to 6,395,000 in July. Resident employment fell 45,000, while the unemployment count increased by 1,000 residents. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 5,000 below its July 2009 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 20 (number 21 in June), with an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent, up from June’s rate of 8.6 percent. It is tied with Westmore- land County for the number 20 ranking.

Bedford’s ranking for July was number 61 with an 11.2 percent rate, up twotenths of a percentage point from June. It is tied with Potter County for the number 61 spot. Huntingdon County’s July rate was 11.1 percent, up from 10.5 percent in June and up from the number 53 spot to number 59. It is tied with Schuylkill County for the number 59 ranking.

Centre and Chester counties again posted the lowest unemployment rates in the state for July, ranking numbers 1 and 2, respectively, with Centre’s rate at 6.7 percent and Chester at 7.2 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count was down 7,000 in July mainly as a result of a 10,400 decrease in the government supersector as cuts to temporary census jobs continued. Among supersectors, leisure and hospitality showed the biggest increase, adding 3,400 jobs in July as Pennsylvania casinos ramped up employment to staff table games.

The United States’ job count also fell for the second consecutive month – due primarily to census layoffs, down 131,000 from June to 130,242,000.

Pennsylvania jobs were up 18,600 from July 2009. Nationally, total nonfarm jobs were down 52,000 over the same period.

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