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Jobless rates up slightly in Franklin, Fulton counties

August 28, 2012
  • Franklin, Fulton counties' unemployment
Franklin, Fulton counties' unemployment

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

It marks the county’s highest rate since August 2011.

Neighboring Fulton County’s seasonally adjusted rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.3 percent, labor department data shows.

Pennsylvania’s rate increased three-tenths of a point to 7.9 percent, while the national rate was up one-tenth of a point to 8.3 percent, analysis stated.

Among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, Franklin County tied with Greene County for the 11th lowest unemployment rate in July. Fulton County tied with Clarion and Fayette counties for the 57th spot.

Franklin County lost 800 jobs in July and leveled out at a total of 57,500 countywide. Despite the job losses, the county experienced an overall increase of 1,400 jobs since the previous year.

The professional and business services sector remained at a record high level of 6,100 jobs for the fourth consecutive month, analysis stated.

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— Jennifer Fitch

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