2010-11-04 / Local & State

Little Movement In Job Market

UE rate down by only one percentage point
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s jobless rate remains mostly stagnant as September’s rate was down only one percentage point from August, showing a modest gain in the number employed. In spite of the small decrease in unemployment in the county for September, the county remains in the next-to-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted an 11.4 percent unemployment rate for September, down from 12.4 percent in August, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. The very slight change in unemployment did not affect the county’s ranking, which remains 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 14.3 percent.

The number of unemployed in Fulton County remained unchanged in September at 900, but the number of employed rose from 6,700 in August to 6,800 in September. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for September, 2009 was, however, 14.1 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in September, down twotenths of a percentage point from August.

Pennsylvania’s rate remained below the national rate of 9.6 percent, and has been at or below the national rate for 90 of the last 93 months. The state rate was up 0.4 of a percentage point from September 2009, while the U.S. rate was 0.2 of a percentage point below its rate from a year earlier.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was 6,365,000 in September, virtually unchanged from August. Resident employment rose for the first time in five months, as 16,000 more individuals were employed in September. The number of unemployed residents fell by 16,000 to 570,000, the lowest count since January 2010. Pennsylvania’s labor force was down 28,000 from its September 2009 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 19 (down from number 21 in August), with an unemployment rate of 8.0 percent, down from August’s rate of 8.6 percent. It was tied with Beaver and Warren counties for the 19th spot.

Bedford’s ranking for September was number 60 with a 10.4 percent rate. It is down from August’s rate of 11.1 with a number 63 ranking. It is tied with Mercer County for the 60th spot. Huntingdon County’s September rate was 10.8 percent, down from 11 percent in August but in the number 60 spot then.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count rose by 7,200 in September to 5,601,300. The gain ended three consecutive monthly job losses. Service-providing industries accounted for nearly all of the job growth in September, with the biggest increases occurring within the government and education sectors. Despite the shedding of 3,000 more temporary census jobs in September, total government employment was up 7,200. Education and health services established a new record-high jobs level of 1,134,700, with growth in the education and health sectors. Professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, and mining and logging were also up in September. Nationally, jobs fell for the fourth consecutive month, down 95,000 in September.

Pennsylvania’s job count is up 34,500 from September 2009. Nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 344,000 from last year.

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