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Franklin and Fulton counties' jobless rates fluctuate

July 29, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Although Franklin County's jobless rate slipped in June to 4.2 percent, the county's number of nonagricultural jobs increased by 300, according to preliminary figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Total nonfarming jobs reached 61,000, the report stated.

Franklin County is "hitting record job growth on the nonfarm jobs," Industry and Business Analyst Ryan Horner said.

He attributed much of the job growth to increases in the county's population. Areas with increases included professional and business services, as well as educational and health services.

Also, manufacturing jobs increased for the first time since December. An additional 100 jobs brought the county total to 10,700, the report stated.

Franklin County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in June among the state's 67 counties, the report stated.

The county's unemployment rate this year peaked at 4.4 percent in February, a rate not seen since 2004. The labor and industry department reported the rate as 4 percent in May.

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The June 2007 rate was 3.5 percent.

Neighboring Fulton County's jobless rate in June was 6.2 percent, notably better than its May rate of 7.3 percent. However, the June 2007 rate was 4.8 percent.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from May and remained at 5.2 percent. The national rate is 5.5 percent.

Since 2003, Pennsylvania has added 180,800 jobs, according to labor and industry statistics.

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