2011-06-30 / Front Page

Little Change In Jobless Stats

Fulton’s May ranking is #65 out of 67 counties
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for May were basically unchanged from April as the county’s unemployment rate decreased by only one-tenth of a percentage point. The small decrease did send the county’s ranking down to number 65 or the third-highest unemployment rate in the state. Fulton held the 66th ranking for the most part of two years and has never dropped below the 65th position during that time. Only Cameron County had a higher unemployment rate in May, while Philadelphia County tied with Fulton for the 65th position..

Fulton County posted a 10.1 percent unemployment rate for May, down from 10.2 percent in April, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week.

The number employed remained at 6,800 in May, but the labor force also dropped from 7,600 in April to 7,500 in May. The number of unemployed in Fulton County remained at 800 in May, unchanged from April.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in May, down from 7.5 percent in April. May’s rate was down 1.3 percentage points from May 2010.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 12,000 in May to 6,344,000. Resident employment fell by 6,000 to 5,873,000, while the number of unemployed residents fell 7,000 to 471,000, its lowest level since February 2009. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 8,000 below its May 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 14 (up from number 15 in April), with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, but up from April’s rate of 6.5. It is tied with Juniata County for the number 14th ranking.

Bedford’s ranking for May was number 63, with a 9.6 percent rate. It is up significantly from April’s rate of 8.8 percent, with a number 57 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 again in May, with a 9.2 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.1 percent rate in April, but was ranked number 61 then also. It is tied with Pike County for the number 61 spot in May.

Centre and Bradford counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, with jobless rates of 5.5 and 5.6 percent in May.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 14,200 in May to 5,678,700. Eight of the 11 supersectors experienced job losses in May. Professional & Business Services, Government, Construction and Education & Health Services all declined by 2,000 or more jobs. However, all Pennsylvania supersectors, except Government and Financial Activities, gained jobs from May 2010. Mining & Logging increased for the 24th consecutive month, up 100 in May to 31,300, the highest since 1990.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 44,300 (0.8 percent) from May 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 870,000 (0.7 percent) from last May.

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