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Franklin Co. jobless rate rises

March 10, 1998

Franklin Co. jobless rate rises

YORK, Pa. - The jobless rate in Franklin County, Pa., rose nearly 1 percent from December to January, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The rate hit 4.8 percent in January, up from 3.9 percent the month before, according to the report. The number of people listed as unemployed went up by 700 to 3,500.

That coincided with a drop in the number of people employed from 69,700 in December to 69,000 in January. The total labor force in January was down by 100 to 72,400 people.

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In January 1997, the jobless rate for the county was 5.9 percent.

In Fulton County, the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent to 6.6 percent, according to the report. The number of people unemployed was steady at 500 in the preliminary figures, but the size of the labor force was down by 100 to 6,900.

Pennsylvania's January unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, according to the report.

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