CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Unemployment was unchanged at 4.3 percent in Franklin County for July and the jobless rate fell in Fulton County, although that number did not reflect JLG Industries layoffs that began in August, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The number of people working in Franklin County fell by 600 to 79,900, mostly the result of a fall in local and state government employment, led by school district and college personnel idled by summer vacations, said Ryan Horner, an industry and business analyst with the department.
Local government jobs fell from 5,100 to 4,000, while state employment was off by 200 to 900, according to the report.
Transportation, warehousing and utilities fell by 100 to 4,800, with school bus drivers likely accounting for the decline, Horner said. Professional and business services, which includes temporary staff companies, also showed a drop of 100 jobs to 5,500.