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Unemployment rises in near Pa. counties

December 27, 1999|By DON AINES

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Despite a surge in wholesale and retail jobs heading into the holidays, unemployment was up in both Franklin and Fulton counties in November, according to preliminary figures released today by the Pennsylvania Depatment of Labor and Industry.

The jobless rate in Franklin County increased from 3.8 percent in October to 4.2 percent in November, the report said. In Fulton County the rate went from 3.3 percent to 3.7 percent.

The number of non-farm jobs increased by 500 to 56,200. The number of service sector jobs was up 600 lead by sales jobs, which were up 500 to 13,200.

Manufacturing jobs were down 100 to 18,400. An increase in industrial machinery jobs from 7,900 ro 8,000 was more than offset by decreases construction and food processing jobs. Construction jobs fell by 100 to 2,500 and food processing fell by 100 to 1,100, according to the figures.

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While the number of people employed in Franklin County was up 100 to 62,400, the number listed as unemployed was up 300 to 2,800. The labor force, the number of people employed and looking for work, was up 500 to 65,200, the report said.

In Fulton County the number of people working remained steady at 6,400. The report said the number of jobless stayed the same at 200, as did the labor force figure of 6,600.

Although all the numbers were unchanged, Fulton County labor force is small and the Department of Labor and Industry rounds off job figures to the nearest hundred.

In November 1998 the jobless rate was 4 percent in Franklin County and 3.7 percent in Fulton County, the report said.

The unemployment rate for Pennsylvania was 4.3 percent in November. The national rate was 4.1 percent.

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