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Franklin, Fulton jobless rates drop

June 02, 2010
  • Pennsylvania unemployment rates for April 2010
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry,

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County, Pa., gained 700 nonagricultural jobs in April and saw its unemployment rate drop two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.6 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Neighboring Fulton County's rate improved four-tenths of a percentage point and was 12.1 percent for April.

Fulton County gained 100 nonagricultural jobs, labor department data shows.

Franklin County's job gains were due in part to seasonal hiring in the construction sector. The labor department announced the county added 200 jobs in that sector in the warmer weather.

The county also added 200 jobs in the "professional and business services" sector because of additional staffing for businesses like landscapers and tax-preparation agencies.

Franklin County's unemployment rate was up almost 1 percentage point compared to a year ago. It was up 5.1 percentage points since the recession started in December 2007.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9 percent in April, while the national rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.9 percent.

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Franklin County tied with Dauphin County, in the Harrisburg area, for the 23rd-lowest unemployment rate in April. Fulton County ranked 66th out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, trailed only by Cameron County, in the north-central portion of the state.

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