Unemployment up in midstate in December 2012

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jan 28, 2013 1:17 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose slightly in the last month of 2012 to 7.9 from 7.8 percent, and the midstate jobless picture did not end the year on a positive note, either.

Analysts from the state Department of Labor and Industry say cold weather is at least partly to blame for increased unemployment in construction and other outdoor industries.

The Pottsville area in Schuylkill County has the highest jobless figure at 9.7 percent.

Selinsgrove in Snyder County saw the biggest increase -- up eight-tenths of a point to 8.1 percent.

The Lebanon and Lancaster areas marked the midstate's lowest unemployment figures, at 6.7 percent, each -- up one-tenth of a point from November.

Joblessness in the Harrisburg-Carlisle and York-Hanover areas was unchanged at 7.2 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

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