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Jobless rate rises slightly in Franklin Co.

June 29, 2005|by DON AINES

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As students began to look for summer jobs in May, the labor force swelled, increasing the unemployment rate in Franklin County, according to preliminary figures released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The nonseasonally adjusted jobless rate in Franklin County rose from 3.1 percent in April to 3.4 percent in May, the report stated. The May 2004 jobless rate was 3.7 percent.

"In May, an increase in the resident work force is expected due to college graduates and high school students looking for summer work entering the market," the report stated.

The labor force grew by 1,000 to 76,000 in May, according to the statistics. The number of people working increased by 800 to 73,500, while the number listed as unemployed increased by 200 to 2,500.

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Despite the higher unemployment rate, Franklin County still had the second-lowest jobless figure among the state's 67 counties, the report stated. The statewide unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May, according to the department.

Construction posted a gain of 100 jobs during the month to 2,800. Manufacturing jobs were steady at 9,700, but were up 1 percent from May 2004, the report stated.

The service sector added 500 jobs, led by the leisure and hospitality industry, which added 200 for a total of 4,200 jobs. Retail sales, education and health services and local government each added 100 jobs during the month.

Fulton County's nonseasonally adjusted jobless rate held steady at 4.1 percent, according to the report, which showed an increase of 100 in the labor force to 8,000. The number of people working also increased by 100 to 7,700, while the number of unemployed was unchanged at 300.

The May 2004 unemployment rate in Fulton County was 4.6 percent.

Manufacturing declined by 100 jobs in May to 1,900, but was still 100 jobs ahead of May 2004, according to the statistics. Service sector jobs were unchanged at 2,700.

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