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Franklin County unemployment drops slightly

April 30, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in March, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced Tuesday.

Franklin County ranked sixth for the lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Neighboring Fulton County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 percent. It ranked 54th among the counties.

“Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 7.9 percent, while the nation’s rate went down one-tenth of a point to 7.6 percent,” labor department analysis stated.

The analysis stated that Franklin County acquired 100 non-agricultural jobs in March, bringing the county to 1,500 jobs gained compared to a year prior. However, the county lost 200 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector when Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., laid off seasonal staff.

Franklin County, Pa.
March 2013 ... 6.2 percent
February 2013 .... 6.4 percent
January 2013 .... 7.4 percent
March 2012 .... 6.5 percent

Fulton County, Pa.
March 2013 .... 8.9 percent
February 2013 ... 9.2 percent
January 2013 ... 9.6 percent
March 2012 ... 8.8 percent

Statewide
March 2013 ... 7.9 percent
February 2013 ... 8.1 percent
January 2013 ... 8.2 percent
March 2012 ... 7.6 percent

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