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Jobless rates dip slightly in Franklin County

July 29, 2003

HARRISBURG, Pa. - After declining in the first five months of the year, the unemployment rate for Franklin County ticked upward slightly in June, according to preliminary figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The number of jobs in manufacturing and construction continued to grow, but June meant the loss of jobs for public school employees on nine-month contracts, according to the report.

The rate in Franklin County rose from 4.4 to 4.5 percent in June, the 11th lowest rate among the state's 67 counties. The Pennsylvania jobless rate was 5.8 percent in June and the national rate 6.5 percent, the report stated.

The Fulton County unemployment rate dropped from 6 percent to 5.7 percent, tied for 27th in the state.

The number of nonfarm jobs in the two counties dropped after three months of increases, from 55,500 to 55,300. The total number of people with jobs, however, went up by 100 in Franklin County to 63,300 and by 100 in Fulton County to 6,300.

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There were 3,000 people listed as unemployed in Franklin County, up from 2,900 in June. The number of jobless in Fulton County held steady at 400, according to the report.

Manufacturing and construction jobs rose by 200 to 13,700 in June, but was 900 below the level of June 2002. Local government employment was off by 400 to 5,100, which the report attributed to school being out for the summer.

The employment pictures for both counties were similar to the June 2002 figures. Franklin County had a 4.5 percent jobless rate then and the rate in Fulton County was 5.2 percent, according to labor and industry figures.

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