2011-12-08 / Front Page

Fulton Shows Small Jobs Gain

County ranked #53 in October
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for October showed the county making small gains in employment with the county’s unemployment rate decreasing by four-tenths of a percentage point. However, the small decrease was enough to earn the county a ranking of 53 (out of 67 counties). September’s ranking was also number 53. Fulton tied with Clarion and Lackawanna counties for the 53rd spot.

Fulton County posted an 8.9 percent unemployment rate for October, down from 9.3 percent in September, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for October 2010 was 11.5 percent.

The number employed remained at 7,000 in October. The labor force decreased from 7,800 in September to 7,700 in October, while the number of unemployed remained at 700 in October.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in October, down from 8.3 percent in September. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 9.0 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 42 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 60 consecutive months.

The state’s unemployment rate was down 0.4 percentage points from October 2010.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 9, with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, down from September’s rate of 6.7. It is tied with Adams, Greene and Lancaster counties for the ninth spot.

Bedford’s ranking for October was number 59, with a 9.3 percent rate. It is down from September’s rate of 9.5 percent, with a number 58 ranking then. It is tied with Forest County for the 59th ranking.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 61 in October, with a 9.4 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.7 percent rate in September, and was ranked number 60. In September, the county tied with Luzerne and Schuylkill counties for the 61st spot.

Centre and Montour counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, in October, with jobless rates of 5.3 and 5.7, respectively. Their September jobless rates were 5.7 and 6.6, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 18,000 in October to 6,354,000. Resident employment rose by 30,000 to 5,842,000, while the number of unemployed residents fell by 11,000 to 513,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 31,000 above its October 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 13,800 in October to 5,690,900. Goods-producing and service- providing industries added jobs due to increases in eight of the 11 supersectors. Three supersectors reached record highs this month (data back to 1990): Mining & Logging, Education & Health Services, and Leisure & Hospitality. The largest increase was in Leisure & Hospitality, up 4,000 to 513,100. Manufacturing, up 1,000 from September, has added jobs eight times in 2011. Only Construction

(down 100) and Professional & Business Services (down 600) declined in October.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 54,500 (1.0 percent) from October 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 1.5 million (1.2 percent) from last October.

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