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Franklin, Fulton unemployment rates back up a bit in April

June 01, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County rose one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 6.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The rate was down 1.8 percentage points compared to April 2010, labor department analysis said.

Neighboring Fulton County’s rate spiked to 10.3 percent, compared to 9.5 percent in March. Fulton County’s rate had been improving in recent months, but statistics show more people were unemployed, and the civilian labor force shrank from March to April.

Franklin County ranked 15th for lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Fulton County ranked 66th.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, while the national rate was 9 percent.

Franklin County gained 300 non-agricultural jobs from March to April, the analysis said. Those were in the seasonal construction- and professional- and business-services sectors.

The professional and business services sector reached a record high of 5,400 jobs, the analysis said.

However, the end of the skiing season at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg contributed significantly to a drop of 400 jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry.

— Jennifer Fitch

Pa. area unemployment rates

Franklin County, Pa.

  • April 2011 — 6.5 percent
  • March 2011 — 6.4 percent
  • February 2011 — 6.8 percent
  • April 2010 — 8.3 percent

Fulton County, Pa.
  • April 2011 — 10.3 percent
  • March 2011 — 9.5 percent
  • February 2011 — 9.9 percent
  • April 2010 — 11.6 percent

Statewide
  • April 2011 — 7.5 percent
  • March 2011 — 7.8 percent
  • February 2011 — 8 percent
  • April 2010 — 8.8 percent

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