2011-11-03 / Front Page

Small Gains Here In Employment

County ranked #55 in September
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for September showed the county making small gains in employment with the county’s unemployment rate decreasing by seven-tenths of a percentage point. However, the small decrease was enough to move the county’s ranking to 55 (out of 67 counties). August’s ranking was number 61. Fulton tied with Clarion, Forest and Potter counties for the 55th spot. Huntingdon, Monroe, Bedford, Carbon, Luzerne, Pike, Schuylkill, Philadelphia and Cameron counties, respectively, all had higher unemployment rates than Fulton in September.

Fulton County posted a 9.4 percent unemployment rate for September, down from 10.1 percent in August, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for September 2010 was 11.2 percent.

The number employed increased from 7,000 in August to 7,100 in September. The labor force also increased from 7,800 in August to 7,900 in September, while the number of unemployed dropped from 800 in August to 700 in September.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in September, up from 8.2 percent in August. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 41 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 59 consecutive months.

The state’s September unemployment rate was down 0.2 percentage points from September 2010.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 7 (unchanged from August), with an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, down from August’s rate of 7.2. It is tied with Adams, Cumberland, Montgomery and Sullivan counties for the seventh spot.

Bedford’s ranking for September was number 59, with a 9.5 percent rate. It is down from August’s rate of 10.4 percent, with a number 64 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in August, with a 10.1 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.7 percent rate in September, and is ranked number 60. In September, the county tied with Monroe and Schuylkill counties for the 60th spot.

Centre and Chester counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, in September, with jobless rates of 5.6 and 6.2, respectively. Their August jobless rates were 6.4 and 6.8, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 26,000 in September to 6,334,000. Resident employment rose by 19,000 to 5,811,000, while the number of unemployed residents rose 7,000 to 523,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 13,000 above its September 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 15,800 in September to 5,668,900. Goods-producing and service-providing industries showed drops from August, although the majority of the decline was within service-providing industries.

Mining & Logging jobs were unchanged from August, remaining at a record high of 32,400. Manufacturing declined for the first time in 2011, down 1,500 to 574,000. The largest decline for the month was a drop of 8,300 government jobs. The largest increase was in Education & Health Services, up 5,100 due mostly to Health Care & Social Assistance.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 48,300 (0.9 percent) from September 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 1.5 million (1.1 percent) from last September.

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