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Franklin County jobless rate stays same, Fulton County sees increase

May 29, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., held steady in April at 6.1 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Neighboring Fulton County saw its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate spike nearly a full percentage point to 9 percent.

In Franklin County, unemployment was at its lowest rate since December 2008, when it was 5.9 percent. The county tied with five other counties for the sixth lowest unemployment rate in April among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, labor department analysis states.

Fulton County ranked 63rd.

The state and national seasonally adjusted unemployment rates both fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 and 8.1 percent, respectively, labor department analysis states.

In April, Franklin County gained 700 non-farm jobs, including those affected by the reopening of the Eagles Club in Waynesboro, Pa. That club was closed for alleged gaming violations.

The county’s professional and business services sector gained 100 jobs for a total 6,100, the highest level on record, labor department analysis states.

— Jennifer Fitch

Franklin County, Pa.
April .... 6.1 percent
March .... 6.1 percent
February .... 6.3 percent
April 2011 .... 7 percent

Fulton County, Pa.
April .... 9 percent
March .... 8.1 percent
February .... 7.6 percent
April 2011 .... 10.4 percent

Statewide
April .... 7.4 percent
March .... 7.5 percent
February .... 7.6 percent
April 2011 .... 7.9 percent

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