2010-12-30 / Front Page

Nov. Jobless Rate Climbs

UE rate up by 1.6 percentage points

Fulton County’s jobless rate took a turn upward in November as jobless rates increased 1.6 percentage points from October due to a decrease in the county’s number of employed. The new statistics show that the county remains in the nextto highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted a 13.6 percent unemployment rate for November, up from 12 percent in October, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. The 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 15.5percent.

The number employed in Fulton County dropped from 6,800 in October to 6,500 in November, while the number of those unemployed rose from 900 in October to 1,000 in November. The number in the labor force dropped from 7,700 in October to 7,500 in November. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for November 2009 was also 13.6 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from October.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained below the national rate of 9.8 percent, and has been at or below the national rate for 92 of the past 95 months. The state rate was down 0.1 of a percentage point from November 2009, while the U.S. rate was two-tenths of a percentage point below its rate from last November.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month, and November was the third consecutive 0.2 of a percentage point decrease.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 5,000 in November to 6,362,000. Resident employment rose by 9,000, the third consecutive month of growth. The number of unemployed residents fell by 13,000 to 547,000, down 46,000 from its peak level in July 2010. Pennsylvania’s labor force was down 32,000 from its November 2009 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 22 (up from number 21 in October), with an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, but down from October’s rate of 8.3.

Bedford’s ranking for November was number 62 with a 10.9 percent rate. It is up slightly from October’s rate of 10.8 but then had a number 59 ranking. It is tied with Carbon County for the 62nd spot.

Ranked in the 59th spot, Huntingdon County’s November rate was 10.3 percent, down from 11 percent in October but in the number 62 spot then.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs rose by 5,100 in November to 5,619,700. Growth was seen in eight of 11 supersectors, and was split nearly evenly between goods-producing and serviceproviding industries. Trade, transportation and utilities showed the largest increase of any supersector, up 3,600. Other supersectors that added at least 1,000 jobs were professional and business services; education and health services; construction; government; and manufacturing. Leisure and hospitality, down 6,700, posted its largest single-month decline since March 1993. Mining and logging showed its first decline of 2010.

Nationally, jobs rose for the second consecutive month, up 39,000 in November.

Pennsylvania’s job count is up 57,000 (1.0 percent) from November 2009; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 842,000 (0.6 percent) from last year.

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