CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The unemployment rate in Franklin County for November reached its highest level in nearly six years with the manufacturing - and to a lesser extent - the retail sectors showing the effects of the national recession, according to preliminary figures released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The jobless rate increased from 4.7 percent in October to 5.1 percent in November, the highest since March 2003, said Ryan Horner, an industry and business analyst with the department. The last time the rate was higher was the 5.2 percent level reached in January 2003, he said.
In the last recession, the unemployment rate peaked at 5.6 percent in January 2002, Horner said. The county unemployment rate in November 2007 was 3.1 percent, according to the report.
Manufacturing jobs fell by 200 to 10,400 in November, the report stated. That was 100 below the level of November 2007.