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Retail jobs boost Franklin County jobless numbers

May 02, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sparked by new hiring at the Chambersburg Crossing shopping center, retail jobs were up by 200 in March as the Franklin County unemployment rate fell from 3.4 percent to 3.2 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Manufacturing, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and state government employment was also up in March, according to the monthly report. Overall, the report stated that 77,100 people were working, up 500 from February, traditionally one of the slowest employment periods of the year.

The number of people listed as unemployed fell by 100 to 2,600, the report stated.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the county was even lower, at 2.8 percent, tied for the second-lowest in the state with neighboring Adams County. Chester County topped the list at 2.7 percent, according to department figures.

The report stated that the opening of the Target department store at Chambersburg Crossing accounted for most of the growth in retail jobs.

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Manufacturing jobs were up by 100 for the month to 10,900, and were up 200 over March 2006, the report stated.

Unemployment in Fulton County fell from 6.3 percent to 5.9 percent in March, although the number of people working and those unemployed remained steady at 7,900 and 500, respectively.

A rise in government employment offset a drop in manufacturing jobs, the report stated.

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