2011-09-29 / Local & State

Fulton County Jobless Picture Unchanged

But Fulton’s August ranking is #58 out of 67 counties
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for August, once again, remained largely unchanged from July, although the county’s unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point. However, due to tougher economic times in other counties, the small decrease moved the county’s ranking to 58 (out of 67 counties). July’s ranking was number 64. Fulton tied with Clarion, Luzerne and Schuylkill for the 58th spot. Huntingdon, Monroe, Bedford, Carbon, Philadelphia and Cameron counties, respectively, all had higher unemployment rates than Fulton in August.

Fulton County posted a 10.0 percent unemployment rate for August, down from 10.1 percent in July, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for August 2010 was 11.8 percent.

The number employed increased from 6,800 in July to 7,000 in August. The labor force also increased from 7,600 in July to 7,700 in August, while 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 8.2 percent in August, up from 7.8 percent in July. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent in August, and has been at or below the U.S. rate for 58 consecutive months.

Pennsylvania’s August unemployment rate was down 0.4 percentage points from August 2010.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 6,000 in August to 6,309,000. Resident employment fell by 16,000 to 5,792,000 while the number of unemployed residents rose 22,000 to 516,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 13,000 below its August 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 7 (down from number 10 in July), with an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, up from July’s rate of 6.9. It is tied with Butler County for the seventh spot.

Bedford’s ranking for August was number 65, with a 10.5 percent rate. It is up from July’s rate of 9.9 percent, with a number 62 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in July, with a 9.8 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 10.2 percent rate in August, and is ranked number 62. In August, the county tied with Monroe County for the 62nd spot.

Centre, Bradford and Chester counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, again in August, with jobless rates of 6.5, 6.8 and 6.8 percent, respectively. Their July jobless rates were 6.0, 6.1 and 6.4, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 6,000 in August to 6,309,000. Resident employment fell by 16,000 to 5,792,000, while the number of unemployed residents rose 22,000 to 516,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 13,000 below its August 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1,500 in August to 5,683,600. Among Pennsylvania’s 11 supersectors, Professional & Business Services showed the biggest volume increase in August (up 3,100), with employment services showing noticeable growth. Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs, with both durable and nondurable goods makers contributing. Financial Activities and Trade, Transportation & Utilities each added more than 1,000 jobs in August. The biggest decline in August occurred in Information (down 3,500).

Pennsylvania’s nonfarm job count was up 56,600 (1.0 percent) from August 2010; nationally nonfarm jobs were up 1.26 million (1.0 percent) from last August.

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