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Franklin, Fulton jobless rates increase

December 28, 1998|By DON AINES

YORK, Pa. - The unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties increased in November as the number of construction and manufacturing jobs fell, according to figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The jobless rate for Franklin County edged up from 3.7 percent in October to 4 percent in November, the report said. In Fulton County, the rate rose from 3.2 percent to 3.6 percent.

The total labor force in Franklin County remained steady at 65,500, but the number of people listed as unemployed rose by 200 to 2,600. That was matched by a drop of 200 in the people-employed category to 62,900, according to the statistics.

In Fulton County, the labor force remained the same at 6,700, as did the number of unemployed at 200. The number of people employed, however, dipped from 6,500 to 6,400, the report stated.

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The jobless rates for both counties was lower than one year ago when Franklin's was 4.1 percent and Fulton's stood at 8.9 percent, the report said.

Labor market analyst Larry Baugher in York, Pa., said the last time Franklin County had an unemployment rate above 4 percent was in March, when it was 4.2 percent.

For the two-county labor market, the number of nonagricultural wage and salary jobs remained steady at 55,100, but the number of manufacturing jobs fell by 200 to 18,200.

The report said construction jobs fell by 100 to 2,600 and food processing and related jobs also fell by 100 to 3,000. The other manufacturing sectors remained steady, the survey said.

The number of service sector jobs went up by 200 to 36,900, the report stated.

Fulton County was tied for the 15th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, according to Baugher. Franklin County was tied with three others for the state's 18th lowest rate.

Just north of Franklin County, Cumberland County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2 percent, Baugher said.

In October, the jobless rate for Pennsylvania was 4.6 percent. The national rate was 4.4 percent, according to the report.

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