Franklin County jobless rate holds steady, Fulton County drops

June 25, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., held steady at 6.2 percent from April to May, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The county gained 300 nonagricultural jobs in May, labor department analysts wrote in a news release.

The gains were made in the manufacturing, construction, and leisure and hospitality sectors.

Neighboring Fulton County’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.4 percent, while the nation’s rate went up one-tenth of a point to 8.2 percent, the analysis states.

Franklin County tied for the ninth-lowest unemployment rate in May among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. It tied with Lancaster, Tioga and Warren counties.

Fulton County ranked 58th.

Franklin County gained 1,700 jobs in the past year, allowing its 3 percent job-growth rate to surpass the state average of 0.5 percent.

Fulton County gained 200 jobs in the past year.

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