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Jobless rate rises in Franklin County, drops in Fulton County

September 26, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.2 percent in August, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

It was the highest rate since January, a labor department news release stated.

Neighboring Fulton County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 10 percent.

A labor department analysis stated Franklin County lost 200 nonagricultural jobs from July to August, but the total of 56,400 jobs was 600 higher than August 2010.

Franklin County gained 400 professional and business services in the past year, meaning its growth rate in that sector was well above the statewide increase of 1.3 percent.

Among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Franklin County’s unemployment rate tied with Butler County for the seventh-lowest rate in August. At 10 percent, Fulton County tied with Clarion, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties for the 58th spot.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, while the national rate was 9.1 percent in August.

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