2013-03-28 / Front Page

County Jobless Rate Unchanged

County now ranks 49 out of 67
By Jean Snyder


Fulton County’s unemployment rate for January decreased by 1.4 tenths percent, from 10 percent in December to 9.7 percent in January. Although only a small decrease, it was a decrease compared to an increase in unemployment statewide.

The state jobless rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in December to 8.2 percent in January. With the decrease in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state went from number 61 (out of 67 counties) in December to number 49 in January.

Fulton County posted a 9.7 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 2012 was 8.8 percent.

In January, the number in the labor force decreased by 200 from 8,100 to 7,900. The number of unemployed remained at 800 and the number of employed decreased from 7,300 to 7,100.

Statewide, January job numproud bers show 117,900 private-sector jobs were added to the Pennsylvania economy from January 2011 through January 2013. “This increase in private sector jobs is great news for the state,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway. “This is strong evidence that our economy continues on a solid path of growth.”

Private-sector jobs were up 7,800 over the month, with the largest increase from December being jobs in education and health services. Over the year, privatesector jobs were up 39,300 and total private-sector jobs reached 5,029,600 in January.

Pennsylvania’s January 2013 unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, up from December’s rate of 7.9 percent. But the labor force continued to grow reaching a total of 6,552,000, the highest it has been in Pennsylvania history. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in February.

January’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 9, with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. In December, it was ranked number 10, but with an unemployment rate of 7.1. Franklin was tied with Montgomery County for the number 9 ranking.

Bedford’s ranking for January was number 56, with a 10.6 percent rate. It is up from December’s rate of 9.8 percent, but then with a number 59 ranking. It is tied with Huntingdon and Monroe counties for the number 56 position.

Huntingdon County also posted a 10.6 unemployment rate for January, with a number 56 ranking. The November rate was 9.7 percent, with a number 2 ranking. It was tied with Huntingdon and Monroe counties for the number 56 position.

Centre County again held the number 1 ranking, with a 5.9 percent unemployment rate, followed by Montour County, with a 6.2 rate. Philadelphia, Wyoming and Cameron counties held the highest unemployment rates and ranking, with rates of 11.4 (both Philadelphia and Wyoming) and 12.6 percent, respectively.

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