2012-01-05 / Front Page

Fulton’s Jobless Rate Continues To Seesaw

County ranked #61 in November
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for November showed the county losing previous small gains in employment with the county’s unemployment rate increasing by six-tenths of a percentage point. The increase in unemployment was enough to send the county’s ranking of 52 (out of 67 counties) in October to number 61 in November. Fulton tied with Schuylkill County for the 61st spot.

Fulton County posted an 9.4 percent unemployment rate for November, up from 8.8 percent in October, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for November 2010 was 12.5 percent.

The number employed dropped from 7,100 in October to 7,000 in November. The labor force increased from 7,700 in October to 7,800 in November, while the number of unemployed remained at 700 in November.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in November, down from 8.1 percent in October. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.6 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 43 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 61 consecutive months.

The state’s unemployment rate was down 0.6 percentage points from November 2010.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 8, with an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, up from October’s rate of 6.5 (and ranking of 9). It is tied with Adams, Butler and Lancaster counties for the eighth spot.

Bedford’s ranking for November was number 59, with a 9.3 percent rate. It is up from October’s rate of 9.2 percent, with a number 57 ranking then. It is tied with Monroe County for the 59th ranking.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 58 in November, with a 9.2 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.4 percent rate in October, and was ranked number 61.

Centre and Montour counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, in November, with jobless rates of 5.3 and 5.4, respectively. Their October jobless rates were 5.3 and 5.7, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 2,000 in November to 6,353,000. Resident employment was up 12,000 to 5,854,000, and the number of unemployed residents fell by 14,000 to 499,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 31,000 above its November 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 900 in November to 5,695,800. Goods-producing industries declined 1,600 due to drops in construction and manufacturing, while service providers were up 2,500 with the largest increases in trade, transportation and utilities (up 4,200) and education and health services (up 2,500). Mining and logging increased 400 to a record high of 33,800 jobs (data series began in 1990).

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 51,000 (0.9 percent) over the year, while national total nonfarm jobs were up 1.6 million (1.2 percent).

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