2011-08-11 / Local & State

Jobless Numbers Up Slightly Again In June

Fulton’s June ranking is #64 out of 67 counties
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for June continued to mirror national rates and were basically unchanged from May, but the county’s unemployment rate increased by four-tenths of a percentage point. The small increase did send the county’s ranking down to number 65 or the thirdhighest unemployment rate in the state. In spite of the small increase, however, Fulton was ranked 64th (out of 67 counties) in June, down from number 65 in May. The county has held the 66th ranking for the most part of two years and has never dropped below the 64th position during that time. Only Philadelphia, Pike and Cameron counties had a higher unemployment rate in June.

Fulton County posted a 10.4 percent unemployment rate for June, up from 10.0 percent in May, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for June 2010 was 11.4 percent.

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

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, up from 7.4 percent in May. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.2 percent in June, and has been below the U.S. rate for 38 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 56 consecutive months.

Pennsylvania’s June unemployment rate was down 1.1 percentage points from June 2010.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 17,000 in June to 6,327,000. Resident employment fell by 25,000 to 5,848,000, while the number of unemployed residents was up 8,000 to 479,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 12,000 below its June 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 11 (down from number 14 in May), with an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent, but up from May’s rate of 6.7. It is tied with Blair, Butler, Juniata and Sullivan counties for the number 11 ranking.

Bedford’s ranking for June was number 62, with a 9.9 percent rate. It is up from May’s rate of 9.5 percent, with a number 63 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in June, with a 9.7 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.2 percent rate in May, but was ranked number 60 then.

Centre and Bradford counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, again in June, with jobless rates of 5.7 and 5.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 2,600 in June to 5,676,900. The decline was limited to serviceproviding supersectors. Goodsproducing industries were up 3,100 jobs in June after three consecutive months of job losses. Service-providing jobs declined 5,700 in June to 4,853,700. Six of the eight service-providing supersectors shed jobs from May. The largest decline was in Education & Health Services, down 7,800 due to declines in both Educational Services as well as Health Care & Social Assistance. Government showed the largest June increase of any supersector, up 7,700 from May as local, state and federal government each added jobs.

Pennsylvania’s nonfarm job count was up 46,400 (0.8 percent) from June 2010; nationally nonfarm jobs were up 1.0 million (0.8 percent) from last June.

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