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Fulton County's jobless rate drops slightly

October 27, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in September to 8.9 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The seasonally adjusted rate was at its highest since August 1984, when it was 10.3 percent, analysts said in a news release.

Neighboring Fulton County's unemployment rate improved from 15.3 percent in August to 14.8 percent in September.

Fulton County still has one of the bleakest unemployment situations in the state, ranking 66th of 67 counties for the highest rate. Only Cameron County in the northern part of the state ranked worse, with its rate of 17 percent.

Franklin County tied with Sullivan County, which is northwest of Wilkes-Barre, for the 27th-lowest unemployment in September.

"Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.8 percent, while the United States' rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.8 percent," the news release stated.

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Fulton County gained jobs in the government and manufacturing categories, data shows. JLG in McConnellsburg, Pa., has been calling back displaced workers for U.S. Army contracts for military trucks.

Franklin County gained 200 nonfarm jobs in September, although the number of manufacturing positions decreased for the fourth consecutive month. Several other categories shed jobs, but the overall increase was due to the government sector gaining 600 jobs.

Analysts attributed gains in the government category to the start of the school year for public schools and universities.

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