2013-08-01 / Local & State

Employment Rates Show No Good News

County ranked 52 out of 67 in June
By Jean Snyder


Preliminary unemployment data for June released this week showed no good news for Fulton County employment numbers as the unemployment rate climbed two-tenths of a percentage point from last month. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for June was 8.9 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from May’s rate of 8.7 percent.

By comparison, the state jobless rate held steady at 7.5 percent, unchanged from May.

Because of the small increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state remained at number 52 (out of 67 counties) just as it was in May.

The small increase in unemployment is due to the fact that employment decreased from 7,200 in May to 7,100 in June. The labor force decreased from 7,900 in May to 7,800 in June and unemployment remained at 700.

Pennsylvania added 19,100 jobs in June and the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.5 percent according to employment statistics released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This remains the state’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

“Pennsylvania has now added more than 130,000 private-sector jobs since Governor Corbett took office,” said Julia Hearthway, secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry. “Combined with an unemployment rate below that of the U.S., Pennsylvania remains on a path of continued growth.”

Over the year, the unemployment rate was down five-tenths of a percentage point and the labor force was up 51,000, with employment up 80,000 and unemployment down 29,000.

The employment count, or the number of people working, increased by 7,000 from May. Employment has increased in eight of the past 11 months.

The number of people unemployed was 490,000, matching the third lowest level in the past four years.

June’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 7, with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. In May, it was ranked number 4, with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. In June, it was tied with Cumberland and Montgomery counties for the seventh position.

Bedford’s ranking for June was number 58, with a 9.2 percent rate. In May it was ranked 59th with a rate of 9.1 percent.

Huntingdon County posted a 9.5 percent unemployment rate for June, with a number 62 ranking. The May rate was 9.0 percent, with a number 58 ranking. Huntingdon was tied with Luzerne and Monroe counties for the number 62 ranking.

Centre and Montour counties were tied for the number 1 ranking for June, with a 5.8 percent unemployment rate. Chester County held the number 3 spot with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

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