CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Increases in wholesale and retail hiring, and a seasonal increase in construction jobs, helped Franklin County maintain its hold on the lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, according to the preliminary report for April issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The nonseasonally adjusted rate for the county fell from 3.5 percent in March to 2.9 percent in April, according to the report. The seasonally adjusted rate, which accounts for changing employment patterns through the year, was steady at 3.1 percent.
The department's household survey estimated that employment decreased by 100 to 75,200, but that the number of people listed as unemployed fell by 500 to 2,200.
"We didn't see a large jump in employment, but we are seeing some expected seasonal increases in areas like construction," said Ryan Horner, an industry and business analyst with the department. Construction jobs increased by 200, slightly above the five-year average for April, to 2,900, Horner said.