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Jobless rate rises in Franklin County, drops in Fulton County

August 29, 2011
  • Unemployment rates in Pa.
Unemployment rates in Pa.

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

Franklin County’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 7 percent, a labor department news release stated.

It was the county’s fourth consecutive monthly increase. Data shows the county lost 500 nonagricultural jobs from June to July, with the bulk of those in the “local government” category because of school ending for 2010-11.

Neighboring Fulton County’s rate improved two-tenths of a percentage point — from 10.3 percent to 10.1 percent — in July, the news release stated.

Among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Fulton County ranked 64th for the lowest unemployment rate in July. It was trailed by Carbon, Philadelphia and Cameron counties.

Franklin County tied with Warren County for the 13th spot.

Pennsylvania’s statewide rate was 7.8 percent, while the national rate was 9.1 percent.

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