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Franklin County's unemployment rate still lowest in state

November 30, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Franklin County for an 18th month has posted the lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

The nonseasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent compared to 3 percent a year prior, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Nonfarming jobs in Franklin County hit a record high of 57,800, up about 10,000 from 2001. October saw an increase of 300 nonfarming jobs in the county, the report stated.

The report showed 76,800 people working, up 700 from September. The labor force gained 600, bringing it to 79,000.

The 2,220 people listed as unemployed was a decrease of 100 from September.

The nonseasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Franklin County fell from 3.3 percent in August to 2.9 percent in September.

Neighboring Fulton County had a nonseasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September.

Pennsylvania's job count reached a record high of 5,771,600 in October, with 4,600 of those considered new jobs by the labor and industry department. The department reported the state's unemployment rate as 4.3 percent.

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Gov. Ed Rendell said in a press release that Pennsylvania gained 700 manufacturing jobs in October.

Franklin County in October reported an increase of 200 government jobs, which reflect additional hiring in school districts.

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