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Franklin, Fulton unemployment rates declined in Dec.

February 02, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Unemployment rates for Franklin and Fulton counties, and statewide figures for December 2010
Unemployment rates for Franklin and Fulton counties, and statewide figures for December 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties improved in December, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The rate in Franklin County fell two-tenths of a percentage point in December to 8 percent. In Fulton County, the rate went from 13.1 percent in November to 12.8 percent in December.

The labor department’s analysis stated Franklin County’s rate decreased one full percentage point since December 2009.

Non-farm jobs in Franklin County increased by 300 to 55,800 in December. The education and health services sector remained at a record high of 9,700, which is 300 more jobs than December 2009.

Seasonal hiring at Whitetail Resort bumped up employment in the leisure and hospitality category by 500 jobs, the labor department stated.

Pennsylvania’s rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.5 percent, while the national rate dropped four-tenths to 9.4 percent.

For December, Franklin County tied with Perry County, which is in central Pennsylvania, for the 23rd-lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Fulton County ranked 66th, trailed only by Cameron County in northern Pennsylvania with its rate of 14.5 percent.

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