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Jobless rate rises in Franklin, Fulton counties

August 01, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County inched upward in June to 6.9 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point from May’s 6.7 percent.

In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted rate increased to 10.4 percent in June from 10 percent in May.

Pennsylvania’s statewide rate was 7.6 percent, while the national rate was 9.2 percent.

Franklin County’s number of nonagricultural jobs remained unchanged at 57,100, according to labor department analysis. Since June 2010, jobs were up by 600.

Franklin County’s education and health services sector remained at a record high of 9,400 jobs, the analysis stated. Local government jobs decreased by 200 due to the end of the school year.

Franklin County ranked 11th among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for the lowest unemployment rate. It tied with Blair, Butler, Juniata and Sullivan counties.

Fulton County ranked 64th. It was trailed by Philadelphia, Pike and Cameron counties.

— Jennifer Fitch

Franklin County, Pa.

June 2011: 6.9 percent
May 2011: 6.7 percent
April 2011: 6.5 percent
June 2010: 8 percent

Fulton County, Pa.

June 2011: 10.4 percent
May 2011: 10 percent
April 2011: 10.2 percent
June 2010: 11.4 percent

Statewide

June 2011: 7.6 percent
May 2011: 7.4 percent
April 2011: 7.5 percent
June 2010: 8.7 percent

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