2012-08-02 / Local & State

Jobless Rate Up .2 Percent

By Jean Snyder


Fulton County’s labor force statistics for June showed a .2 percent increase in unemployment that mirrored the decrease in unemployment for May. Job creation continues to be lackluster both here and nationwide. Despite the small increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state went from number 58 (out of 67 counties) in May back down to number 56 in June.

Fulton County posted a 9.0 percent unemployment rate for June, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry last week. May’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent. Fulton’s unemployment rate for June 2011 was 10.2 percent.

In June, the number in the labor force grew from 7,800 to 7,900, the number of unemployed stayed at 700, while the number of employed went from 7,100 in May to 7,200 in June.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment was 7.5 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the 7.4 percent May rate. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.2 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 50 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 68 consecutive months.

June was the first increase in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate since July 2011. The state’s unemployment rate was down 0.5 percentage points from June 2011.

May rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 11, with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, up from May’s ranking of number 9, but with a 6.2 unemployment rate.

Bedford’s ranking for June was number 58, with a 9.3 percent rate. It is up from May’s rate of 8.9 percent, then with a number 59 ranking.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 16,000 in June to 6,469,000. Resident employment was up 3,000 to 5,981,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 13,000 to 488,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 97,000 above its June 2011 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 14,600 in June to 5,729,700, the highest level since December 2008. This was the first increase in the past three months. Both goods producers and service providers added jobs from May, but the majority of the increase was in service-providing industries. Government had the largest increase of any supersector, up 9,000 with most of the gain in local government. Three supersectors, leisure and hospitality, mining and logging, and professional and business services, reached record-high levels in June.

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