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Jobless rates drop in Fulton, Franklin

November 01, 2011
By Chad Trovinger, Graphic Artist

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point to 6.8 percent in September, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

It was the largest over-the-month decline since March 2011, a labor department news release said.

Neighboring Fulton County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in September.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, while the national rate was 9.1 percent.

Analysts said Franklin County gained 700 non-agricultural jobs over the month, bringing the overall increase since September 2010 to 1,100. Job growth in Franklin County outpaced the statewide increase of 0.7 of a percent in the past year, according to the report.

The sectors of "professional and business services" and "education and health services" reached record highs for employment, according to analysis.

The news release cited the start of the school year as the reason for growth in the "local government jobs" and "transportation, warehousing and utilities" sectors.

Among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, Franklin County ranked seventh for the lowest unemployment rate. It tied with Cumberland, Montgomery and Sullivan counties.

Fulton County tied for the 55th spot with Clarion, Forest and Potter counties.

— Jennifer Fitch

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