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Pa. jobless rates decline in January

March 15, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Pennsylvania unemployment comparisons.
Pennsylvania unemployment comparisons.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties continued to improve in January, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

In Franklin County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent. Labor department statistics show the rate has dropped each month since October 2010, when the rate was 8.3 percent.

Neighboring Fulton County’s seasonally adjusted rate of 11 percent is its lowest since November 2010.
Franklin County’s rate dropped five-tenths of a percentage point in January, and it was down 1.1 percentage points from January 2010, the labor department stated in a news release.

Franklin County tied with Indiana and Washington counties for the 23rd-lowest unemployment rate in January among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Fulton County was ranked 66th, trailed only by Cameron County’s 13.1 percent unemployment.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.2 percent, while the national rate declined four-tenths to 9 percent, according to the labor department’s analysis.

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Analysts said Franklin County lost 700 nonagricultural jobs in January, largely in the construction and retail sectors. Though unchanged in January, federal government jobs were up 200 compared to January 2010.

The number of non-farm jobs in Fulton County (4,400) did not change between December 2010 and January 2011. The number represents a loss of 100 from January 2010 in labor department statistics, which are rounded to 100s.

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