2012-08-30 / Local & State

County Jobless Rate Up By .3%

County now ranks 57 out of 67
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for July showed a .3 percent increase in unemployment that mirrored the statewide increase in unemployment for July. Job creation continues to be stagnant both here and nationwide. With the increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state went from number 55 (out of 67 counties) in June up to number 57 in July.

Fulton County posted a 9.3 percent unemployment rate for July, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. June’s unemployment rate was 9.0 percent. Fulton’s unemployment rate for July 2011 was 9.9 percent.

In July, the number in the labor force grew from 7,900 to 8,000, the number of unemployed stayed at 700 and the number of employed stayed at 7,200.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in July, up threetenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 7.6 percent. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent, and has been below the U.S. rate for 51 consecutive months, and at or below the U.S. rate for 69 consecutive months.

The state unemployment rate was down 0.2 percentage points from July 2011.

July’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 11, with an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent, the same as June’s ranking of number 11, but with a 6.7 unemployment rate that month. It was tied with Greene County for the number 11 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for July was number 54, with a 9.1 percent rate. It is up from June’s rate of 9.3 percent, then with a number 58 ranking. It was tied with Lackawanna County for the number 54 ranking.

Huntingdon County posted a 9.6 unemployment rate for July, the same rate as June. However, the July ranking was 60 while the June ranking was number 61. It was tied for Schuylkill County for the 60th spot.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 10,000 in July to 6,478,000. Resident employment was down 10,000 to 5,969,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 21,000 to 509,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 110,000 above its July 2011 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 3,100 in July to 5,709,200. Following a downward revision to the June jobs count, this was the fourth consecutive monthly decline. Since March, jobs were down 19,100, but this followed a two-month increase of 27,400 in February and March. Both goods producers and service providers declined from June. The largest drops were in education & health services and leisure & hospitality, which were each down 3,900 jobs. Mining & logging and professional & business services reached record high levels in July.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 20,000 (0.4 percent) over the year while the national total nonfarm jobs were up 1,838,000 (1.4 percent) over the past 12 months. has been a huge success. Members of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau purchased 1,449 books, which is more than any other state Farm Bureau participating in the FARM-tastic book program.

The featured children’s book is entitled “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food.” The book, written by Chris Butterworth, was the recipient of the 2012 Book of the Year award from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The majority of the books bought by farmers are then donated to daycare centers, public libraries, elementary schools and other learning facilities.

Farmers form the Fulton County Farm Bureau purchased 13 books to be donated to locations where children have easy access to them.

Farm Bureau’s featured book begins with children looking at the food in their lunchboxes and asking, “So where did it come from before it was in the store?” The storyline continues to show the reader where each item of a healthy lunch is grown, processed and shipped to stores. It highlights many different agricultural areas, including dairy, fruits, vegetables, poultry, grains and meats. The story concludes with a food fact sheet encouraging children to drink plenty of water, eat fruits and vegetables and be active for at least an hour a day.

“County Farm Bureau members, who purchased the book and promoted its use in the community, deserve the credit for the success of this educational outreach program. The FARMtastic book program is a prime example of how county and state women’s leadership committees aim to teach children where their food comes from and tell the story of agriculture starting a young age,” said PFB State Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Susan Carns.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of more than 55,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.

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