2011-02-03 / Local & State

Jobless Rate Remains Stagnant

By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s jobless rate remained stagnant in December as jobless rates fell by only threetenths of a percentage point from November. The new statistics show that the county remains in the next-to-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Fulton County posted a 12.8 percent unemployment rate for December, down from 13.1 percent in November, 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 number employed, the number in the labor force and the number of unemployed in Fulton County remained the same as November’s figures. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for December 2009 was 13.5 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in December, down one-tenth of a percentage point from November.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the fifth consecutive month.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 5,000 in December to 6,358,000. Resident employment rose by 4,000, the fourth consecutive month of growth. The number of unemployed residents fell by 10,000 to 538,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was down 35,000 from its December 2009 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 23 (up from number 22 in November), but with an unemployment rate of 8 percent, down from November’s rate of 8.2. It is tied with Perry County for the number 23 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for December was number 64 with a 10.7 percent rate. It is down slightly from November’s rate of 11 percent, but then had a number 62 ranking

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs fell, for the first time in four months, by 1,100 in December to 5,619,800. Declines were seen in seven of the 11 supersectors, four of which were down at least 1,000 jobs from November (construction, manufacturing, information and other services). Professional and business services showed the largest gain from November, up 3,800. Education and health services also showed noticeable growth, up 2,000 jobs in December. Mining and logging – the only supersector to not show any monthly declines in 2010, with 11 increases and one month without change – was up 100 jobs in December.

Pennsylvania’s job count is up 65,600 (1.2 percent) from December 2009; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 1,124,000 (0.9 percent) from last year.

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