2012-11-07 / Front Page

County Jobless Rate Up .2 Percent

County now ranks 48 out of 67
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

Fulton County’s labor force statistics for September showed unemployment up again by .2 of a percent with the state jobless rate increasing by .1 of a percent. With the increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state went from number 46 (out of 67 counties) in August to number 48 in September. Fulton shared the number 48 ranking with Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield and Somerset counties.

Fulton County posted a 9.0 percent unemployment rate for September, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week. August’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent. Fulton’s unemployment rate for September 2011 was 9.4 percent.

In September, the number in the labor force remained at 8,000, the number of unemployed stayed at 700 and the number of employed stayed at 7,300.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September, up onetenth of a percentage point from the August rate of 8.1 percent.

Resident employment was up 23,000 to 5,974,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 5,000 to 530,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 130,000 above its September 2011 level.

September’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin again at number 9, with an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, the same numbers posted for August. It was tied with Bradford and Montgomery counties for the number 9 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for September was number 54, with a 9.2 percent rate. It is up from August’s rate of 9.0 percent, then with a number 49 ranking. It was tied with Clarion County for the number 54 ranking.

Huntingdon County posted a 9.5 unemployment rate for September, with a number 57 ranking. The August rate was 9.4 percent, with a number 56 ranking. It was tied with Fayette, Potter and Schuylkill counties for the number 57 ranking.

Montour County held the number 1 ranking, with a 5.8 percent unemployment rate, followed by Centre County with a 6.0 rate. Philadelphia and Cameron counties held the highest unemployment rates and ranking, with rates of 10.8 and 11.5 percent, respectively.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 17,800 in September to 5,733,900 the largest monthly gain since February 2012. Following an upward revision to the August jobs count, Pennsylvania has shown a two-month gain of 23,800 jobs. The September jobs growth was limited to service-providing industries, which increased by 21,300 to a record high of 4,912,700. Education and health services added the most jobs in September, due mostly to an increase of 8,200 jobs in educational services. Professional and business services also showed a sizeable gain, up 7,900 to a record high of 730,500 jobs.

Pennsylvania’s total (public and private) job count was up 41,100 (0.7 percent) over the year, with most of the increase concentrated in private service-providing industries. Mining and logging showed the largest increase from September 2011, up 11.8 percent. Professional and business services up 19,500 had the largest volume gain. Over this time period Pennsylvania saw an increase of 43,900 private jobs.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 29,000 in September to 6,504,000, the highest level on record. This increase was partially due to people who were marginally attached, including discouraged workers, re-entering the labor force.

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