2010-12-09 / Local & State

No Gains In Fulton Jobless Rate

UE rate up by six-tenths of a percentage point
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s jobless rate continues to show very little change, and October’s rate actually increased six-tenths of a percentage point from September due to an increase in the county’s labor force. The new statistics show that the county remains in the next-to-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted a 12 percent unemployment rate for October, up from 11.4 percent in September, 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 15.6 percent.

The number of unemployed and employed in Fulton County remained unchanged in October at 900 and 6,800, but the number of those in the labor force rose from 7,600 in September to 7,700 in October. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for October 2009 was, however, 14 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 21 (up from number 19 in September), with an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, up from September’s rate of 8 percent.

Bedford’s ranking for October was number 59 with a 10.8 percent rate. It is up from September’s rate of 10.4 but then had a number 60 ranking. It is tied with Pike and Potter County for the 59th spot. Ranked in the 62nd spot, Huntingdon County’s October rate was 11 percent, up from 10.8 percent in September but in the number 64 spot then. Huntingdon County is tied with Mercer County for the 62nd ranking.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose by 15,900 in October to 5,618,100. Growth was seen in eight of 11 supersectors. Education and health services showed the biggest increase of any supersector, up 9,700 jobs to a new record level of 1,143,500. Financial activities experienced its largest singlemonth increase in nearly 12 years, adding 2,200 jobs. Manufacturing, up 1,000, added jobs for the seventh time in nine months. Other notable increases occurred within leisure and hospitality, other services, trade, transportation and utilities.

Nationally, jobs rose for the first time in five months, adding 151,000 in October. More than a third of the national job growth was in education and health services.

Pennsylvania’s job count is up 48,800 from October 2009. Nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 829,000 from last year.

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