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Franklin, Fulton Co. jobless rate inches up

March 09, 1999|By DON AINES

YORK, Pa. - The unemployment rate for Franklin County jumped from 3.5 percent in December to 4.3 percent in January, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The county rate matched both the Pennsylvania and national unemployment figures for January.

Franklin County was tied with Allegheny and Perry counties for the 15th-lowest unemployment among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, according to Labor Market Analyst Larry Baugher.

There was a drop of 1,000 people in the labor force to 64,700, the report said. The number of people with jobs dropped from 63,400 to 61,900, while the number of people listed as unemployed rose by 500 to 2,800.

In Fulton County, the jobless rate rose from 4.2 to 5.4 percent, with the number of unemployed rising by 100 to 400. The number of people with jobs fell by 200 to 6,300 and the labor force fell by 100 to 6,700.

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Fulton County ranked 26th lowest for unemployment in the state.

"What we have basically is seasonal-type layoffs," Baugher said Tuesday. He said the biggest drop in the two counties was in wholesale and retail sales, which fell from 13,200 to 12,700.

A drop of 300 to 2,100 in the number of construction jobs also was seasonal, Baugher said.

Manufacturing jobs were off by 200 to 15,900.

Nonfarm jobs in the two counties fell 1,400 to 55,400, the report said.

The unemployment rates for both Franklin and Fulton counties are still lower than they were one year ago. In January 1998, Franklin County's jobless rate was 4.9 percent and Fulton County's was 7 percent.

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