HARRISBURG, Pa. - A drop in the number of local government employees led to a slight increase in unemployment in Franklin and Fulton counties in July, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
In Franklin County, the rate rose from 4.3 percent in June to 4.5 percent in July, the report said. The number of people listed as jobless went up by 200 to 3,000, although the number with jobs remained steady at 64,000. The total labor force increased by 200 to 67,000 people.
The jobless rate in Fulton County edged up from 2.5 percent to 2.8 percent, although the number of people employed stayed steady at 6,500, as did the number of unemployed at 200. The department of Labor and Industry's numbers are rounded off to the nearest hundred.
Total nonfarm employment in the two counties was 55,100, down by 900 from June, according to the report. Local government employment fell from 4,500 to 3,600.