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Franklin jobless rate is up

March 30, 1999

YORK, Pa. - The jobless rate in Franklin County rose from 4.4 percent in January to 4.6 percent in February, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

According to the report, the number of people listed as unemployed rose by 200 to 3,000. The number of people with jobs fell by 200 to 61,700.

The total labor force remained steady at 64,700, the report said.

The rate was slightly higher than the 4.5 percent recorded in February 1998.

In Fulton County, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from 5.5 percent in January to 5.2 percent in February. The number of jobless people dropped from 400 to 300, while the number employed stayed at 6,300 for both months.

The labor force also remained steady at 6,700, according to the statistics.

Fulton County's jobless rate in February 1998 was 6.7 percent.

The number of non-farm jobs in Franklin and Fulton counties dropped 400 to 55,000, the report said. The job losses were in goods-producing industries, including industrial machinery manufacturing, furniture and wood and food processing.

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The number of service sector jobs remained the same at 37,200, the report said.

The unemployment rate for Pennsylvania in February was 4.3 percent. The national jobless rate was 4.4 percent.

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