2011-06-09 / Front Page

Fulton’s Jobless Rate Takes A Turn For The Worse

Fulton’s April ranking back up to #66
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for April were disheartening as the county’s unemployment rate increased by nearly a percentage point, sending its ranking back up to the second-highest unemployment rate in the state. Fulton held the 66th ranking for the most part of two years and never dropped below the 65th position during that time. Only Cameron County had higher unemployment rates in March.

Fulton County posted a 10.3 percent unemployment rate for April, up from 9.5 percent in March, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry last week.

The number employed dropped from 7,000 in March to 6,800 in April, and the labor force also dropped from 7,800 to 7,600 in April. The number of unemployed in Fulton County rose from 700 in March to 800 in April.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in April, down from 7.8 percent in March. April’s rate was down 1.3 percentage points from April 2010, marking the largest over-the-year decline since June 1987.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 8,000 in April to 6,356,000. Resident employment rose by 10,000 to 5,879,000, while the number of unemployed residents fell 18,000 to 477,000, its lowest level since February 2009. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 4,000 below its April 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 15 (up from number 8 in March), with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, up from March’s rate of 6.4.

Bedford’s ranking for April was number 59, with an 8.9 percent rate. It is down slightly from March’s rate of 9 percent, also with a number 59 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in April with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.3 percent rate in March, but was ranked number 62.

Bradford and Centre counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, with jobless rates of 5.1 and 5.5 percent in April.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 23,700 in April to 5,692,700. Seven of the 11 supersectors added jobs in April. The largest increase was in Trade, Transportation & Utilities, which was up 9,100 to 1,093,600, while the largest decrease was in Construction, down 3,000 to 219,900. Mining & Logging increased for the 23rd consecutive month, up 400 in April to 31,000, the highest since 1990.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 80,000 (1.4 percent) from April 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 1.3 million (1.0 percent) from last April.

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