HARRISBURG, PA. - The retail sector remained strong, adding 200 jobs in November, as the unemployment rate in Franklin County edged downward from 3.1 percent to 3 percent, according to preliminary figures released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Retail employment was 7,400 in November, up 500 from November 2006, a growth rate of 7.2 percent, the report states. Much of the growth has been driven by retail development in Chambersburg's North End, particularly at Chambersburg Crossing, where Target, Kohl's, Giant, Circuit City and other retailers have opened this year, Industry and Business Analyst Ryan Horner said.
The increase was seasonal as stores geared up for holiday business, Horner said. The number of people with retail jobs is at another all-time high, he said.
Also seasonal was a decrease of 100 in the number of construction jobs to 2,900, he said. Construction employment was 3,100 in November 2006, the report stated.