Joblessness Shows Little Change
Fulton County’s labor force statistics for November showed a negligible change in the unemployment rate, which was up by one-tenth of a percent, while the state jobless rate was down threetenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October to 7.8 percent in November, With the slight increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state went from number 46 (out of 67 counties) in October to number 48 in November. Fulton shared the number 48 ranking with Cambria, Lackawanna and Potter counties.
Fulton County posted an 8.7 percent unemployment rate for November, according to prelimi- nary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry last week. October’s unemployment rate was 8.6 percent. Fulton’s unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.9 percent.
In November, 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.
The number of Pennsylvania’s unemployed decreased by 16,000 in November, the largest decline since 1983 and the second-largest decline on record.
The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate of 8.1 percent. This was the lowest rate for Pennsylvania since June.
November’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 6, with an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, down from number 8 with a 6.6 percent rate in October. Franklin was tied with Adams County for the number 6 ranking.
Bedford’s ranking for November was number 55, with an 8.9 percent rate. It is down from October’s rate of 9.0 percent, but then with a number 53 ranking. It was tied with Clarion County for the number 55 ranking.
Huntingdon County posted an 8.8 unemployment rate for November, with a number 52 ranking. The October rate was 9.3 percent, with a number 58 ranking. It was tied with Clearfield and Northumberland counties for the number 52 ranking.
Centre County held the number 1 ranking, with a 5.7 percent unemployment rate, followed by Chester and Montour counties tied for a 5.9 rate. Pike and Cameron counties held the highest unemployment rates and ranking, with rates of 10.8 and 11.1 percent, respectively.
The November jobs report brings the total job count to 5,751,400, the highest level since November 2008. Fueling the job growth was a gain of 7,200 privatesector jobs in November, while public sector jobs decreased by 5,300.
Pennsylvania’s job total has risen in each of the past four months. In November the following sectors experienced the largest gains: leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and manufacturing
Since January 2011 the state has added 109,400 private-sector jobs, with 51,000 of those being added this year.