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Jobless rates down in Franklin, Fulton counties

November 30, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties improved in October, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Franklin County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in October from September, labor department analysis states.

The rate was down 1.4 percentage points from October 2010.

Fulton County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent in October. Fulton County has 7,700 people in its civilian labor force, labor department data shows.

Franklin County, with its civilian labor force of 79,800, ranked ninth among Pennsylvania's 67 counties for the lowest unemployment rate in October. It tied for that spot with Greene County as well as Cumberland and Adams counties, both of which border Franklin County.

Fulton County ranked 53rd lowest; it had lingered in the 66th spot in 2010 and early 2011.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in October, while the national rate was 9 percent.

Analysts said Franklin County gained 100 non-agricultural jobs in October, bringing the total number gained to 1,100 since October 2010. That rate is double the statewide increase of 1 percent.

The professional and business services sector and education and health services sector both remained at record high employment in Franklin County, according to labor department analysis. Analysts said the construction sector lost 100 seasonal jobs from September to October.

Franklin County's transportation, warehousing and utilities sector gained 100 jobs during the same period to reach a record high of 5,300.

The labor department rounds those numbers to the nearest 100.

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