Franklin County jobless rate rises

June 27, 2011
  • Pennsylvania jobless rates
Pennsylvania jobless rates

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., rose two-tenths of a percentage point in May to 6.7 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Although it was the largest monthly increase since February 2010, labor analysis data states the rate was down 1.5 percentage points compared to a year ago.

Neighboring Fulton County’s rate inched downward from 10.2 percent to 10.1 percent. Labor department data, which is rounded, indicated the county’s civilian labor force shrank from 7,600 people to 7,500 people.

Analysis shows Franklin County gained 800 nonagricultural jobs in May. Pennsylvania gained 44,000 jobs in the past year.

Franklin County’s service-providing jobs increased 600 in the month to what the labor department identified as a record high of 47,100. Data shows education and health services also reached a record-high 9,400 jobs in May.

The leisure and hospitality sector in Franklin County gained 300 jobs in May, according to the labor department.

Franklin County tied with Juniata County for the 14th-lowest unemployment rate among the state’s 67 counties in May. Fulton County tied with Philadelphia County at 65th.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in May, while the national rate was 9.1 percent.

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