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Franklin, Fulton counties see improvement in unemployment rates

April 02, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin and Fulton counties experienced improvements in their seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Franklin County’s rate dropped fourth-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in February. That is the county’s lowest rate since December 2008, when it was 5.9 percent.

Fulton County’s rate improved more than a full percentage point, declining from 8.8 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.

The state and national unemployment rates remained steady at 7.6 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively.

Among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Franklin tied with its neighbor to the east, Adams County, for the ninth spot for lowest unemployment rate in February. Fulton tied with Columbia, Lehigh and Somerset counties for the 42nd spot.

Franklin County gained 200 nonfarm jobs in February, bringing the total civilian jobs to 57,300. Service-providing jobs hit a record high of 47,300, and the professional and business services sector continued to make gains, outpacing the statewide gain in that sector.

Fulton County had 4,700 nonagricultural jobs in February.

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