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Franklin Co. jobless rate ranks 6th lowest

August 29, 2007|By DON AINES

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The unemployment rate in Franklin County edged up from 3.2 percent in June to 3.3 percent in July, enough to drop the county into a tie with Lebanon County for the sixth-lowest jobless rate in Pennsylvania, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Although a drop from the No. 1 ranking it held for much of last year, the county's unemployment rate is not much higher than Adams County's 3 percent rate, according to state data. Many of the counties with the lowest rates in the state are grouped in Southcentral Pennsylvania.

The jobless rate changed little from July 2006, when it came in at 3.4 percent.

The local economy experienced seasonal decreases in education and health services, down 100 jobs to 8,800; state government, also down 100 to 1,000; and local government, which decreased 700 to 4,000, mostly the result of schools being out for the summer, the report stated.

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The only category to gain jobs in July was leisure and hospitality, which increased by 100 to 5,100 jobs. Construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail trade all held steady, according to the report.

The number of people working fell by 400 to 77,600, while the number listed as unemployed rose by 100 to 2,700.

In Fulton County, the jobless rate rose from 4.4 percent to 4.6 percent, as the number of people working declined by 100 to 7,900, although the number of jobless remained at 400, the report stated. The drop was in local government employment, which fell by 100 to 700, according to the report.

The July 2006 rate was 4.2 percent.

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