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Jobless rate rises in Franklin Co., drops in Fulton Co.

March 19, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., inched upward to 7.3 percent in January, but the county is facing sharper hikes because of sequestration.

At Chambersburg’s Letterkenny Army Depot alone, at least 51 employees are facing job losses due to federal budget cuts. The rest of the 4,000 workers could undergo furloughs.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released unemployment data for January. Franklin County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.7 percent.

Franklin County lost 300 non-agricultural jobs in January. Still, the county overall gained 700 jobs over the year, according to labor department data.

The leisure and hospitality sector reached a record high of 5,600 jobs due to hiring for the winter season at Whitetail Resort near Mercersburg, Pa.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a point to 8.2 percent, while the nation’s rate went up one-tenth of a point to 7.9 percent, a labor department news release stated.

— Jennifer Fitch

Franklin County, Pa.
January 2013 .... 7.3 percent
December 2012 .... 7.1 percent
November 2012 ..... 6.4 percent
January 2012 ..... 6.5 percent

Fulton County, Pa.
January 2013 .... 9.7 percent
December 2012 .... 10 percent
November 2012 ..... 8.6 percent
January 2012 .... 8.8 percent

Statewide
January 2013 ... 8.2 percent
December 2012 .... 7.9 percent
November 2012 .... 7.8 percent
January 2012 .... 7.6 percent

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