Jobless numbers up in Franklin, Fulton counties

Both counties see expansion of labor forces

January 28, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties experienced sharp increases in December primarily due to larger labor forces, a labor expert said Monday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Franklin County increased seven-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent in December, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

In Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted rate increased from 8.6 percent to 10 percent for December.

Both counties had the same number of people working as November, but they saw expansion of their labor forces. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry indicated more people are now in the category of employed or seeking employment.

“The labor force is growing, and most were able to find work. For some, it’s taking a little bit longer,” said William Sholly, an analyst for the labor department.

Franklin County’s seasonally adjusted figures for civilian labor force reflect growth from 82,600 to 83,200 in a month. Of those people, 77,300 were working.

Fulton County’s labor force expanded from 8,000 to 8,100, with 7,300 working.

The larger labor force in Franklin and Fulton counties mirrors a statewide trend, Sholly said in a phone interview.

“There were many areas of the state that saw big movement this month,” he said.

Next month, the numbers will be relying less on estimates and more on data because of the cycles in which the labor department establishes benchmarks. Still, Sholly said the labor force figures should be fairly accurate.

“Some of it is the formulas we use, but there was definitely an increase in the labor force,” he said.

Franklin County tied with Montgomery County, which is in the Philadelphia area, for the 10th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Neighboring Fulton County ranked in the 61st spot between Monroe County (9.9 percent unemployment) and Luzerne County (10.1 percent unemployment).

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a point to 7.9 percent, while the national rate was unchanged at 7.8 percent, a labor department news release stated.


Franklin County, Pa.

December 2012 .... 7.1 percent

November 2012 .... 6.4 percent

October 2012 ..... 6.6 percent

December 2011 ..... 6.6 percent

Fulton County, Pa.

December 2012 .... 10 percent

November 2012 .... 8.6 percent

October 2012 ..... 8.6 percent

December 2011 ..... 8.8 percent



December 2012 .... 7.9 percent

November 2012 .... 7.8 percent

October 2012 .... 8.1 percent

December 2011 ..... 7.7 percent

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