2011-09-01 / Front Page

Unemployment Stagnant For County

Fulton’s July ranking is #64 out of 67 counties
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for July remained largely unchanged from June, although the county’s unemployment rate decreased by two-tenths of a percentage point. The small decrease still kept the county’s ranking at 64 (out of 67 counties), unchanged from June and the fourth-fromhighest unemployment rate in the state. The county had held the 66th ranking for the most part of two years and has never dropped below the 64th position during that time. Only Carbon, Philadelphia and Cameron counties had a higher unemployment rate in July.

Fulton County posted a 10.1 percent unemployment rate for July, down from 10.3 percent in June, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for July 2010 was 11.6 percent.

The number employed dropped from 6,900 in June to 6,800 in July, while the labor force (7,600) and the number of unemployed (800) remained unchanged. Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, up from 7.4 percent in May.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July, up from 7.6 percent in June. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent in July, and has been below the U.S. rate for 39 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 57 consecutive months.

Pennsylvania’s July unemployment rate was down 0.8 percentage points from July 2010.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 24,000 in July to 6,303,000. Resi- dent employment fell by 39,000 to 5,809,000, while the number of unemployed residents was up 15,000 to 494,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 24,000 below its July 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 13 (up from number 11 in June), with an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, up from June’s rate of 6.9.

Bedford’s ranking for July was number 63, with a 10.0 percent rate. It is unchanged from July’s rate of 10.0 percent, with a number 62 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in July, with a 9.9 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.7 percent rate in June, but was still ranked number 61 then.

Centre and Bradford counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, again in July, with jobless rates of 6.1 and 6.2 percent. Their June jobless rates were 5.8 and 6.0, respectively.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 8,700 in July to 5,693,200. Goods-producing and serviceproviding industries added jobs from June. Goods-producing industries were up 1,900 jobs due to increases in all three of its supersectors. Mining & Logging jobs were up 300 to a record high of 31,600. Service-providing industries were up 6,800 jobs in July to 4,868,600. Five of the eight service-providing supersectors added jobs from June. The largest increase was in Education & Health Services, with Educational Services accounting for the gain. Government showed the largest decline of any supersector, down 3,800 due entirely to Local Government.

Pennsylvania’s nonfarm job count was up 70,500 (1.3 percent) from July 2010; nationally nonfarm jobs were up 1.3 million (1.0 percent) from last July.

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