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Franklin, Fulton jobless rates improve

September 28, 2010
  • Unemployment rates for Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin and Fulton counties saw slight improvements in their unemployment rates in August, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Franklin County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 8.6 percent. The labor department said the county gained 100 nonfarm jobs.

Compared to August 2009, however, nonagricultural jobs in Franklin County were down 300.

Fulton County's seasonally adjusted rate also decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 12.5 percent in August, according to the data.

Despite the gain, Fulton County still ranked 66th out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties for its unemployment rate. Only Cameron County had a higher rate, at 14.4 percent.

Franklin County had the 21st-lowest unemployment rate among the counties.

Fulton County gained 400 nonfarm jobs since August 2009, the labor department data shows.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.2 percent, while the national rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.6 percent.

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-- Jennifer Fitch

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