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Franklin jobless rate highest since '86

Fulton unemployment rate is highest in Pa.

Fulton unemployment rate is highest in Pa.

March 31, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County, a one-time state leader for employment, had 900 additional out-of-work citizens in February and ranked 25th among Pennsylvania's 67 counties for its unemployment rate.

The manufacturing sector lost 200 jobs in Franklin County, falling to 10,000 positions. That's the lowest level since March 2005, according to statistics released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The statistics reveal an even bleaker picture for neighboring Fulton County, where the 15.1 percent unemployment rate meant the county had the highest rate statewide. The January rate for Fulton County was 11.5 percent.

Fulton County lost 900 nonfarm jobs in one year; 4,400 nonfarm positions remain, the data shows.

Franklin County's jobless rate rose nine-tenths of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in February, more than doubling its unemployment rate from February 2008.

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The last time the county reached 7.6 percent was in September 1986, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The state average for unemployment in February was 7.5 percent. The national average was 8.1 percent.

Analysts attributed much of Franklin County's increased unemployment in February to layoffs at Manitowoc Crane Group, formerly Grove Manufacturing, in Shady Grove, Pa. Manufacturing shed 800 jobs in Franklin County from February 2008 to February 2009.

The labor department's category of "professional and business services" gained 200 jobs in Franklin County in February. The category, which includes 5,100 positions, climbed 4.1 percent in the county in one year.

Analysts said declines in goods-producing industries were tempered by a slight gain in service providers.

Franklin County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state for many months in 2006 and 2007. It continued to rank fifth or better throughout the first seven months of 2008.

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