2012-03-22 / Local & State

Fulton Unemployment Statistics Remain Unchanged For January

Decrease shown in number in the workforce
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for January remained unchanged from December, except that the statistics show a shrinking workforce. Although the unemployment rate remained the same, the county’s ranking statewide went from 55 (out of 67) to 57th.

Fulton County posted an 8.9 percent unemployment rate for January, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry last week. Fulton’s unemployment rate for January 2011 was 10.9 percent.

The number employed (7,000) and the number of unemployed (700) remained unchanged from December, but the number in the workforce decreased from 7,800 in December to 7,600 in January.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January, down from 7.7 percent in December 2011. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 45 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 62 consecutive months.

The state’s unemployment rate was down 0.4 percentage points from January 2011.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 12, with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, down from December’s rate of 6.7 percent and a number 13. It is tied with Allegheny and Elk counties for the number 13 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for January was number 55, with an 8.7 percent rate. It is down from December’s rate of 8.9 percent, but also with a number 55 ranking then.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 60 in December, with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.5 percent rate in January and was ranked number 63.

Centre had the lowest jobless rate in January and Montour and Bradford counties tied for the second spot. Centre’s jobless rate for January was 5.2 percent, while both Montour and Bradford posted rates of 5.6. Their December jobless rates were 5.2 and 5.7, and 5.5 percent, respectively.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 7,000 in January to 6,381,000. Resident employment was down 2,000 to 5,896,000, and the number of unemployed residents fell 4,000 to 485,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 19,000 below its January 2011 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 9,000 in January to 5,703,800. The January drop followed a December gain of 8,700 jobs. Goods-producing industries added 8,900 jobs in January with increases in all three supersectors. Losses were concentrated in service-providing industries, which declined 17,900 over the month. Education and health services made up a large portion of the decline, down 14,600 in January.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 37,200 (0.7 percent) over the year, while national total nonfarm jobs were up 1,953,000 (1.5 percent).

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