2013-08-29 / Local & State

Unemployment Rate Climbs Again

County ranked 59 out of 67 in July
By Jean Snyder

Preliminary unemployment data for July released this week just showed more of the same for Fulton County employment numbers as the unemployment rate climbed three-tenths of a percentage point from last month. Fulton County’s unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, up threetenths of a percentage point from June’s rate of 8.8 percent.

By comparison, the state jobless rate held steady at 7.5 percent, unchanged from May and June. The national unemployment rate for July was 7.40 percent.

Because of the increase in unemployment, the county’s ranking in the state dropped to number 59 (out of 67 counties) from number 52 in June. It was tied with Bedford, Luzerne and Pike counties for the number 59 spot.

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

For the third consecutive month, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.5 percent, according to employment statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This remains the state’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

“July was a great month for job growth with 4,000 private sector jobs added,” said Julia Hearthway, secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry. “Pennsylvania has now added 131,100 privatesector jobs since Governor Corbett took office in 2011.”

Over the year, the unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point and the labor force was up 47,000, with the amount of people working up 78,000 and unemployment down 31,000.

The number of people unemployed was 492,000, matching the third lowest level in the past four years.

July’s rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 11, with an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent. In June, it was ranked number 7, with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. In July, it was tied with Allegheny and Montgomery counties for the 11th position.

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

Huntingdon County posted a 9.5 percent unemployment rate for July, with a number 64 ranking. The June rate was also 9.0 percent, but with a number 62 ranking.

Chester and Montour counties claimed the number 1 and 2 rankings for July, with a 5.7 and 5.8 percent unemployment rate, respectively. Centre County held the number 3 spot with an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent.

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