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Jobless rate rises in Pa.

December 26, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The numbers for Franklin, Fulton and the other 65 counties have not been released yet, but Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 5.8 percent in October to 6.1 percent in November, highlighted by the biggest drop in nonfarming jobs in almost 13 years, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

Total employment was 6,020,000 in November, down 55,000 from October, the report stated. As the national recession deepened, nonfarm jobs fell by 26,000 to 5,760,400, the biggest monthly drop since January 1996.

The number of manufacturing jobs was off by 5,500 to 5,626,700 and construction jobs, normally down in colder months, fell by 4,000 to 256,200, according to the data. Despite heading into the holiday shopping season the trade transportation and utilities category, which includes retail trade, was off by 7,300 jobs to 1,109,700 workers.

Goods-producing jobs fell by 9,000 in the month to 901,300, while service sector jobs fell by almost 17,000 to 4.6 million, the department said. The information, financial activities, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and government employment categories all registered job losses for the month.

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The only category of the economy that went up in November was education and health services, which added 2,400 jobs for a total of 1,105,200, the report stated.

From November 2007 to November 2008, the number of jobs in the state dropped by 41,600, or seven-tenths of a percent, the report showed. In the past year, the state's jobless rate increased 1.7 percent, the report stated.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Franklin County was 4.8 percent in October, sixth lowest in the state. Fulton County, hit by layoffs at its largest employer, JLG Industries, had an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent in October, the highest in the state.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the U.S. increased from 6.5 percent in October to 6.7 percent in November.

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