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July jobless rate up

September 03, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., rose slightly from 3.5 percent in June to 3.6 percent in July, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The number of people employed in the county increased by 100 to 64,600, but the number of jobless also went up by 100 to 2,400. The total labor force was also up by 100 to 67,000, according to the state figures.

The July 1997 jobless rate for the county was 4.9 percent.

The July unemployment rate does not reflect the layoff of 225 workers at Grove Worldwide facilities in Franklin County two weeks ago. For the labor market area covering Franklin and Fulton counties, the number of people employed in manufacturing remained steady at 18,400 in July, according to the state figures.

The number of people in nonagricultural service-producing jobs in the two counties dropped by 900 to 35,900, according to the report.

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In Fulton County, an increase in the number of unemployed from 200 to 300 drove the jobless rate up from an all-time low of 3 percent in June to 3.9 percent, the report said. The number of people with jobs remained steady at 6,600, while the total labor force was up by 100 to 6,900.

In July 1997, the county jobless rate was 4.7 percent, the report said.

The July unemployment rates for both Pennsylvania and the United States was 4.5 percent.

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