Unemployment rate in Franklin, Fulton counties drops slightly

September 03, 2004

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The unemployment rate for Franklin County fell slightly from 3.7 percent in May to 3.6 percent in July, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The number of people working rose by 400 to 65,100 in the county, while the number of unemployed dipped by 100 to 2,400, the report stated. The jobless rate was the fourth-lowest among the state's 67 counties.

The jobless rate in Fulton County dropped from 5 percent to 4.7 percent in the latest report, although the number of people working remained at 6,700 and the number listed as unemployed was unchanged at 300. The department stated the numbers are rounded off to the nearest hundred and fail to reflect smaller statisical changes within the rounded numbers.

Fulton was ranked 30th in unemployment in the state, according to the report.

Both counties had better unemployment rates than in July 2003 when the department reported the rate in Franklin County at 4.2 percent and the rate in Fulton County at 4.8 percent.


The Pennsylvania unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July and the national rate was 5.7 percent, according to the report.

The number of people working in the two-county labor market was up, despite a decrease of 1,000 nonfarm jobs to 54,800.

"The largest drop was seen in local government with continuing losses due to the end of the school year," the report stated. Local government jobs fell by 700 to 4,200 and state government employment was off by 100 to 1,400.

Chambersburg Area School District Business Manager Rick Vensel last month said many school district employees who do not work during the summer are not eligible for unemployment because their jobs are guaranteed for them when school resumes.

Manufacturing jobs were down 200 in July to 10,600 and the category of transportation, warehousing and utilities showed a loss of 100 jobs to 3,100, according to department figures.

Professional and businesses services was the only category with an increase. It went from 2,900 to 3,000 jobs, the report stated.

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