August jobs numbers a mixed bag for midstate

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Oct 4, 2012 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The commonwealth's August jobless rate is up to 8.1 percent -- a two tenths of a point increase from July, and the midstate's employment picture isn't improving.

Analysts with the state Department of Labor and Industry say the uptick in the region's unemployment is likely due to end-of-summer layoffs from places like hotels and resorts.

The Pottsville area in Schuylkill County has the region's highest jobless rate at 9.9 percent.

It tied with Juniata County for the biggest increase - a three-tenths jump.

Lancaster and Lebanon are tied for the lowest rate at 6.6 percent.

The York-Hanover, Harrisburg-Carlisle and Reading areas all saw unemployment tick up by two-tenths of a point.

Jobs growth in Franklin County was buoyed by increases in transportation, warehousing and utilities.

The Chambersburg, Gettysburg and Selinsgrove areas also show an improving employment picture.

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