Franklin County jobless rate improves

Fulton County's rate spikes

April 30, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County, Pa., saw improvements to its unemployment rate in March, while neighboring Fulton County experienced a spike in its rate, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Franklin County dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in March.

Fulton County’s rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point to 8.1 percent in March.

The state and national seasonally adjusted unemployment rates fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively, the labor department said in a news release.

Franklin County lost nonagricultural jobs in March, but its job growth from a year ago netted 1,400 new positions. That growth rate of 2.5 percent outpaced the state average.

Fulton County gained 200 jobs over the year for a total of 4,800 nonfarm positions for its civilian labor force.

Job losses in Franklin County’s “leisure and hospitality” sector occurred earlier than planned because Whitetail Resort closed for the season amid warm temperatures, according to a labor department analysis.

The “transportation, warehousing and utilities” sector in Franklin County reached a record high of 5,400 jobs, with 500 of those jobs created in the last year. Retail jobs increased slightly in March.

Franklin County ranked 10th among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for the lowest unemployment rate. Fulton County held the 52nd spot.

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