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Midstate unemployment rate drops in November

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jan 4, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's November unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, a decrease of three-tenths of a point from October.

It's the best unemployment decline for the Commonwealth in 30 years.

Seasonal hiring of in the retail sector is being cited by analysts at the state Department of Labor and Industry as a driving factor in the uptick in the region's labor markets.

The biggest improvement comes in Selinsgrove in Snyder County, where joblessness dropped four-tenths of a percent to 7.3 percent.

The so-called metropolitain statistical areas of Harrisburg-Carlisle, York-Hanover and Chambersburg all saw two-tenths of a percent drops in unemployment.

Analysts also noted hiring at three new restaurants in Franklin County created about 300 jobs there.

The rate in Lancaster and Lebanon comes in at 6.6 percent, each.

Pottsville in Schuylkill County has the midstate's highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percent from last month.

Sunbury's rate is unchanged at 8.8 percent.

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