2011-03-17 / Local & State

County Posts Small Employment Gain

By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s jobless rate fell by 1.4 percentage points in January, but the gain in jobs was still not enough to move the county out of the 66th (out of 67 counties) position or the next-tohighest unemployment rate in the state – a position it has held for nearly two years.

Fulton County posted an 11.0 percent unemployment rate for January, down from 12.4 percent in December, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week.

The number employed increased from 6,700 to 6,900, the labor force increased from 7,600 to 7,700, while the number of unemployed in Fulton County remained the same as December’s figures.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in January, down from 8.5 percent in December 2010.

January’s decline was the first drop in four months, and the 12th consecutive month without an increase in the state unemployment rate.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 18,000 in January to 6,344,000. Resident employment rose by 30,000 to 5,821,000, while the number of unemployed residents fell 12,000 to 523,000, its lowest level since June 2009. Pennsylvania’s labor force was down 3,000 from its January 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 23 (up from number 20 in December), but with an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, down from December’s rate of 7.9. It is tied with Indiana and Washington counties for the number 23 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for January was number 60, with a 9.9 percent rate. It is down slightly from December’s rate of 10.7 percent, with a number 64 ranking. It is tied with Carbon County for the number 60 spot.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 62 in January, with a 10 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 10.4 percent rate in December but was ranked number 60.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania increased 6,100 from December to 5,646,000. The largest gains were in construction and manufacturing, each up 4,100 in January. Manufacturing’s addition of 4,100 jobs was the supersector’s largest increase since June 2000. Education and health services showed the largest decline of any supersector in January, down 4,400, mining and logging was up 400 to 29,400, the highest level since 1990.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 70,300 (1.3 percent) from January 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 984,000 (0.8 percent) from last year.

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